I received one of your beautiful top-bar hives for Christmas and am wondering about how to keep it in great shape. I like in Albuquerque, NM so rot is not an issue (especially with cedar) but we do have high UV (we’re a mile high), hot summers, and we get cold enough for the ground to harden in winter. So woods can get pretty washed out and loose smooth finishes and chip at edges when the grain becomes more prominent. I’d prefer to go with a natural look rather than paint but what are your recommendations for clear coats finishes, natural oils, and paint? And should the inside be treated as well?