*FYI - The finer the grit the less the stain will penetrate or the longer it takes for it to penetrate since the finer sanding closes off the grain more. A good combo of smoothness and penetration is using 180 or 220. After the stain and finish are applied then you can smooth the surface of the finish before you apply the final coatings of clear finish. These stands will not be used rigorously but still must be handles carefully. Sean recommended Deft clear finish. It is a lacquer finish so it dries very fast and therefore will not accumulate little dust nibs nearly as much as a slower drying finish like Urethane. However, urethane is a harder finish, more water and scratch resistant but lacquer is easier to sand and repair.
- The allotted space issue as above, some times pots are used for highly personal reasons even though a more appropriate pot should be used.
- If a display is too crowded the eyes do not move enough to see each element.
- Eastern philosophy is pots should be the same size, western display allows different sized in pots.
- Pot selection is very important. Use lots of thought before choosing.
- Accent plants should look like they have been growing in the pot - no exposed soil. It must show a direction.
- Stones are good for shohin displays. Best displayed in a pot with moss.
- Either all trees are on stands or none are on stands. Thin slabs are not considered a stand.