Here's some unique grain, spalted ash that was cored from a bigger blank, approx 3x10. Turned to finish shape green, oiled and bagged(no top coat yet) Had good success toughening up the end grain by hitting with lacquer, then scraping lightly.
Is the best looking when finished IMHO. More oil and buffing would be one way to go. Unlike Jerry I usually use lacquer. I have done oil once or twice and it looks good too. Just be sure to post pics what ever finish you choose. I have not done much lately and seein others triumphs makes me feel better :D