Scott No not a resaw. The wood is 1.1" thick. Yes I did use a torch to highlight things.
I call the finish I mix 1-2-3. It one part Boiled Linseed Oil, Two parts Poly oil base and three parts mineral sprites. You apply it using 400 wet/dry sandpaper. Sand until you get a slurry, stop and wipe it off. Apply three to five coats. The wood has a soft feel to it. Like rubbing you ear lob.