My neighbor was going to use a piece of tongue & groove carsiding and put hooks on it to hang on the wall to hold her dog leashes. I got bored and grabbed a 2x4 and carved this out of it for her. I used General Finishes spiced walnut stain without a pre-stain. I'm pretty happy how well it turned out, staining pine I'm never quite sure how well it'll take. I used a 40-grit flap wheel to carve it, something I bought awhile ago but never used until now. I found me a new favorite tool! All the years as a metal working, I'm pretty steady with an angle grinder.