A while back our live oak needed some surgery and the arborist ended up having to cut out a pretty sizeable limb. He was going to haul it off so I asked him what would become of it. "Firewood", was the answer... I decided I could do something better.
So after some drying the bark is off and I've started the carving process.
I was wondering though, once I'm done, what's the best way to treat it? I want to keep full sight of the wood grain, and I'm keeping a lot of the natural surface of the limb.
I'm in the south, so wood eating bugs galore, high humidity, high heat. It's going to be outside most likely under cover but will likely get wet when it rains sideways (so not infrequent)