Buffed up and, for now, done with woodwork, my two newest are hanging in the sun. An old method of enhancing the grain, it is slow, yet does a good job, retaining what we like to see in fiddle wood. A heavy stain would lock the flames in place. This way, if all goes well, the flame will dance as one moves it in the light.
Of course, after one day, I'm already seeing a few scraper marks in the backs that I wish I had seen before. Will see how they behave in the next day or two. May just leave well-enough alone, as they say.