10'' Chip carved basswood plate, finished with water based lacquer and oil based gel stain:
6'' Chip carved basswood candle holder, with similar pattern as the plate, finished the same way:
The difference between chip carved coasters with the same design of swirl rosette.
From left to right - oil based polyurethane finish, water based lacquer, water based lacquer with water based wiping stain:
The middle one looks the best for me but I am going to try to use some tinted lacuer, not to keep the too pale colour of basswood. I don't like how the wiping stain looks though it doesn't look too bad in the picture, the dark walnut colour of the stain is also unfortunate for this specific carving.