I am new to this. I have the good fortune to live rural and near a person who woodmizered a lot of black walnut in his time to air dry “properly” in his barn… 3/4 to 7/4 boards with little if any warping but a lot of knots. I am making my own bits of furniture for my home. I am fascinated by color, having only seen kiln dried before. I understand the coloration is photosensitive.
1) Is the color in fact photosensitive? Is there a known chemistry to this coloration?
2) Are there optimal finishes for air dried walnut to keep showing the color?
3) As a separate issue, I am interested in clear type finishes for cherry as well. How is tried & true versus a wipe on poly?
I’ll shut up and listen…