I have used hoop pine a lot over the years for all sorts of projects. It is light and strong and good quality boards are readily available thanks to well established plantations. I have sometimes struggled, however, to achieve a good finish. It is a very pale wood which is not the most visually appealing for furniture. Very old pine furniture tends to develop a very nice, mellow, golden colour. There is no question that the best treatment for new pine furniture is paint. I have had some success trying to apply an aged or distressed finish but I have also had some disasters applying stain. Hoop pine seems to bring out all the artificial colour from a stain. For this project I have tried to create an aged patina starting with several rubbed coats of linseed oil. I have then stippled and wiped a stain to create and interesting colour and texture. It is finished with several coats of wax. I am happy with the finish and I think it will improve as the linseed oil darkens.