So I picked up a water based poly acrylic for now. Will do some more looking into finishes in the future. I like the idea of something more natural if it gets the effect I need.
New question on the same general project. I'm making a flag for our Hike event in June. It will feature the Xtreme Hike logo pictured below. I intend to stain the stripes as normal, after I do some burning for that rustic look. However, I intend to do an epoxy inlay inside the carving. So my question is this. At some point I will be applying a burned vignette around the logo, should I burn before or after I do the epoxy inlay? Will the heat bother the epoxy at all if I touch up the burn after the epoxy is set?
All your wood, if at all possible, should be in as fresh and clean a condition as possible before applying the epoxy. Epoxy, very much!!! will not take kindly to being burned, over heated or any form of extreme variant in temperature differential between the wood, and the epoxy itself.
So, your "burning" method is a great idea, yet once you have done this, I would strongly recommend cleaning well the wood with a brush and some Acetone as well. Alcohol at a minimum if you are Acetone sensitive.
And because, like me, you seem very conscious of being "green" and/or using only natural/traditional materials I would recommend Ecopoxy as your source epoxy. Great folks at that company to deal with, will be glad to answer your questions (should you have any?) and its a "plant based" epoxy not petroleum based!!!
P.S. I use to be a Wilderness Education Direct of a private school for boys for over ten years and still do extreme
sport facilitation and wilderness guiding when asked to...I would love to no more about your "extreme hike" and any other info you care to share about this with us?
Looking forward to your next update...