So recently I have lost a few trees around the garden. A very old Cherry Plum looked like it was falling over. Right at the base there's a 30 degree bend... ...which meant the tree was hanging precariously over my old van. Then one windy day while out there putting up a fence in a storm (!) I heard a massive crack and the tree shifted until it was resting on a ladder trestle. It had to go. There it is, gone. Look at how far the base is leaning over. Way to dangerous for me to attempt, so I got a man in. Kept far too much of the lumber to be honest but it was free so... Anyhow, I bucked it up the other day which revealed some incredible patterns in this exotic hardwood. Left it a little bit late and it's already starting to develop shakes. Time to seal the ends. Found these cakes of <unknown> wax in a dead mans shed so I thought I'd give it a try. Stinks with a sweet sickly smell and I'm guessing its some sort of paraffin wax. Some bits got dipped. Note, a fair bit of this pile is Laburnum from the front garden as seen in this thread. The bigger chunks I brushed it on. So just need to a wait a few years and I should have some nice looking exotic hardwoods to play with.