Nice! I've seen board ends dipped or brushed with melted paraffin wax too. When I cut some trees for a customer after the storm last year, I noticed the beautiful tiger maple grain on some of the splits; hated to see it wasted. On my list of dream toys- portable sawmill.
Felled some really decent big old black walnut trees for a guy once. He was intending to put in an apple orchard. I told him those trees were valuable. Rich guy. He cut a lot of it up for FIREWOOD
He would have given me as much as I wanted; I just didn't have the wherewithall to transport 1000lb logs
Something good comes out of something bad.... Lee wrecked the whole town of Owego, NY. My sister in law had to gut the whole house including floors. They're all put back together now.