Yes, could someone describe the technique in more detail? Why is a knitting needle or bodkin better when applying finish? I've wrapped 4-5 graphite rods and have just applied the finish with a brush while slowly turning the rod section by hand.

As I'm just starting my first bamboo refinish project and plan on using silk I'm curious why this procedure is so much better. I'm especially interested in applying the varnish with a bodkin - what makes it so special?

Does it allow you to "massage" the finish down INTO the thread better than just having it lay on the surface?