So I am almost done with my second commission. The first commission I had was for a pool cue holder. When I asked what kind of finish the person would like he said "get a chestnut stain". So I followed my orders and I must say I hate it. He is happy with it but I hate it. So now I am building a fishing pole holder. This person said "do what you would like". So I decided based on the existing furniture in this house a two toned finish would look really nice. The piece has many levels and depths so I can switch it up to make it look nice with little effort. The question is what sort of finish should I get? I have very minimum experience, I would like to do dark and light two toned, its chestnut, and it is very important that the finish does not effect the fishing poles (smell, color or anything). I assume small amounts of water may come in contact with the finish so that would be important to consider, I also do not have any special tools other then my amazing hands and paint brushes, sponges and cloth. Thoughts?