My grandfather is a luthier and woodworker (in fact, he is probably on this website as well).
The hairpin table legs are in the background
I needed a kitchen table for my apartment and admired the look of live edge and black walnut. He just so happened to have some black walnut from a log he bought 10 yrs prior. He lives far away but I went to visit and helped (just a little) but he did the majority of the work.
I requested that he not finish/seal the wood, because I wanted to add some sort of effort, I want to learn something, and because I want something very matte while being durable and resistant enough for a kitchen table. I've looked into 100% pure tung oil, and have read that the warm tones do enhance black walnut. Waterlox seemed a little too shiny, but maybe not? I also appreciate non-toxic things and don't mind touching up.
He said he used 420 grit as the last sand.
Also, do I treat all the edges including the live edge and bark?
Thank you for your time and I appreciate your feedback.