Sadly the front/carved section is susceptible to rot, but I couldn't really put any preservative on it, as the rear section is still growing. I'm slowly training the regrowth upwards to form a shaded canopy over the seat. I guess that over time the seat back will decay, but I'm sure that by this time, I'll have completed a similar carving.
Many thanks also for the suggestion regarding my signature. I have duly changed it.
Actually you have spurred me on to try to stop it from deteriorating. It was a fun piece to do, so it would be a shame just to let it go to ruin.
I have a piece a large piece of wood lined up for the next one, but that is going to be carved on all four sides, and I'm keen to have a dark side on one face with creatures of the night, then a light side side that is bright and happy. When I get round to carving it, I'd like other artists to be involved by drawing sections of it on paper, which I could then download and carve the drawings straight into it. It should prove to be good fun. Feel free to start drawing.