The COP seems like an ideal transplant candidate
Thanks I applied 4 layers of wood conditioner to the inside and outside (dewaxed shellac) and then rubbed in about 7 coats of Birchwood Casey Tru Oil (a gunstock oil). Working with clear vertical grain cedar like this is much like working with a dense urethane foam. It has an excellent stiffness to mass ratio and is very easy to work with but the surface can be fragile. Applying the wood conditioner and oil went a long way towards creating a shell like surface but I will still have to exercise caution to keep them in good condition.
Aha. I am quite familiar with Birchwood Casey's products. Never thought of using them in this application though. Good thinking.