OK, here's the deal. I remember when I used to build flintlock gun stocks, I used boiled linseed oil to hand rub the stocks instead of just linseed oil. Now I'm working on a bamboo fly rod made from unknown makers. I have the sections stripped down to the wood and I want to finish it the best I can. I'm planning on using spar varnish, but I'm not sure how. My two questions follow;
1. Is there a special spar varnish to use, i.e. boiled or not?
2. Can I hand rub the blank with spar varnish 5 or 6 times and accomplish the same thing as dipping the rod fewer times?
Help me out here if you can. I don't want to waste another rod in a learning curve.