Thanks Ty, I once ruined an antique bamboo fly rod using real tung oil on it. It did have a bit of decay inside but after adding the tung oil it had all the stiffness of overcooked macaroni. Formbey's it is, as I can get this from my local Lowes. The wood, by the way is walnut and it does'nt appear to have any finish on it now. I've gone over it with 0000 steel wool and nothing is changeing much except the smoothness of the wood. I'll take your advice and let it go for 5 days before putting on a second coat and probably finish it off with another rub with 0000. Enjoyed your site.