Lou loves the look of varnished wood. That might have something to do with his past as a boat builder. But not necessarily. A lot of people like varnished wood.
I, on the other hand, like varnished wood only in certain limited applications. That's why all the wood in the Rolling Steel Tent is painted. Lou thinks that's sacrilege.
The other day I made a small wood panel to cover some wiring. As a nod to Lou, I decided to stain and varnish it. As a further homage to my friend and his love of guitars, I gave it sort of a tobacco burst look around the edges.