Great information everyone!
Mark, I will look for those CD's. I think the work of the Russian masters is the bar I want to set for my own builds..of course over time
Ulises and Dan, Those techniques definitely have application!
Scott, I'll have to take a look at Chris Lindons, Freisland.
Dirk, Thank you for the link. That is what I was looking for. That link has a great discussion about the use of Bitumen which builds that feature natural wood finishes.
I can't say "never" but my goal for my own work is to avoid paint and celebrate the beauty of different exotic woods. This is partly the reason I'm staying with larger scale builds, 1:48th and above. This opens up the use of species that would be otherwise too coarse grained at a smaller scale. Not to mention, can stand up to a firmer hand rubbed finish.
Passion is Patience...and I am a carpenter in any scale.
current build; Pride of Baltimore II, 1:48 scratch- embellished version
Current build; H.M.S. Surprise - 1796, 1:48 A L
(box is open )
Research/Planning; USS Constitution, 1:24(1/2" scale) Scratch build, 1/2 Hull, working diorama