Wow, the grain really popped out on this carving. Began applying the finish on Wild Bill today. Two coats of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits mixed 50/50. I apply generous coats and let it soak into the wood. I will follow up with a couple coats of Deft lacquer after a few days. Linseed oil takes a long time to dry, cutting it with mineral spirits helps speed up drying time. The lacquer also acts as a drying agent.