Well, thanks to everyone's help, I managed to nail the "rustic drunkard amateur" look! I can definitely see why some sealing can be helpful, and if I ever do this again I'll experiment with much lighter seal then maybe a little sanding. All told, I'm pretty happy with the results and I do like the rustic look. While it'll be my newest instrument, it looks like it's really old. I can't say I mind that much!

Next step, Tru-Oil finish. Can't start that until tomorrow so it may have to wait for the weekend.

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