We start with a plain colored stain over hand hewn beams. Then use a 'gel stain', a thicker stain that does not drip, and wipe it off.
The gel stain- which in this case is slightly darker than the stain will stay in all of the distressing and make the wood look richer.
thanks so much! Do you use a wax or linseed oil after to keep that rich look?All your work is so fantastic. your clients are very lucky