I went to Lowe's (probably a sissy store to you avid boatbuilders) to find a water base stain. They have a very small selection of water-base MinWax. I will keep looking at the paint stores. However, on Tips for Boatbuilders, under the staining section, it talks about mixing powders yourself and using gradually-increasing drops to make your stain the way you want it. ??? Lowe's mixes it for you. Does anyone know where to find the powder dye/stain or the concentrated drops?