Finishing a pine mantle with bark
When clearing the land for our new home we had the oaks and one large pine tree sent to the mill so I could save the wood. We decided to make our fireplace mantles from the pine tree. The bark is remarkable and my wife wants to keep it for the natural look. They were kiln dried to kill the insects in hopes that the bark will stay attached.
Any recommendations on a good natural looking finish? One fireplace is inside and the other is in a screened porch subjected to the 4 seasons of upstate SC.