Theo, I am old but I can still be used.
Hah. You're giving up then. I'm 78, and just middle aged. I'm shooting for around 160.
I will admit I gave up on chasing younger women tho. Now I am looking for an older woman, in the 25-30 range.
Whoops, forgot to mention. I don't buy any stains. I have experimented with a number of homemade stains, including tea, coffee, food coloring, etc. Strong coffee makes a lovely color by the way, but takes forever and a day to try. Tea dries quickly, but takes a lot of coats. But now, my dye of choice is thinned, way thinned, acrylic paint. Easy to mix custom colors, but if you want to repeat that particular shade exactly, best write down the ingredients, and measurements. But you have to remember, I don't usually make fine furniture, and the furniture I do make suits my paint dyes well. But even with fine furniture, I believe I could come up with a well suited dye color, then put a finish coat on, shellac, varnish, whatever, and it would make a fine looking piece of furniture.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
I am currently unsupervised. I know, it freaks me out too. But the possibilities are endless!
Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.