Excellent work and enjoying the sequence (WIP). Is the "cedar" juniper? The reason I ask is I make a lot of sticks out of juniper and love the reddish/brown hue and excellent character. Yours looks very similar.
Very difficult to tell from pictures but it sure looks like juniper...especially the shaggy bark. It makes for excellent sticks (color and character) and is my favorite to date.When I was in Utah they would do "controlled" burns in the forest and I'd select the juniper that had scorched bark because it was even prettier than the regular.
Tung oil was even used on "The Great Wall of China." Yes, it will darken the wood some but I've never seen that as a problem for me. It is a very forgiving finish, meaning the application is easy. I use a paste wax over the dried tung oil and really like it.
Tung oil, when dry, is considered non-toxic.
I never heard of marine tung oil and thanks for that tip, CV3. I was in a marine supply place today and they didn't have it but I did find it online. Will give it a try.
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