John K Jordan
>>>I've found that vibrant color doesn't last for too many years.
Maybe it depends on the wood, finish, light, etc. I've found that melting beeswax into the wood tends to bring out and keep the color. This is the inside of the lid before applying beeswax:
I've made pieces from this same wood that still have good contrast after a decade although they may have faded some.
I wish there was a way to save the brilliant color typical when the tree is freshly cut. Some of the cedar trees around here are almost purple when green, more color than even these: