This is my 1st attempt at a SierraWest build so I will follow Brett instructions which I can say is the best I have seen.
I grained the stripwood using a 9" wire brush (not sure if I applied enough pressure). I tried to used equal amount of 408.3 (Raw Umber Shade), 408.5 (Raw Umber Shade) and a small amount of 408.9 (Raw Umber Dark Shade) .. I think I got carried away on the Raw Umber Dark Shade. Over-think it --- I did.