Rustic finishes emphasize the natural character found in lumber: knots, mineral streaks, worm streaks, minor splits, tiger stripe, color variations, and numerous other natural occurring characteristics found in lumber. All parts and pieces are carefully inspected to make sure they are structurally sound. Not all pieces will display their unique characteristics, so we certainly recommend distressing to ensure all parts appear to have the worn look you are seeking. Stain and glazed finishes are most common on these projects. The glaze helps to accentuate the character and distressing in the wood.