High Character? Heck yes! Only bought one short board for a small project but it looks great. Board had a pretty good size knot centered in top half, or bottom, and a split, with bug burrows, with some minor wood loss on the other end which looked like it had some charring. Do not believe it was but had the blackened color on the edges of the split.
Changed its color to a deep dark brown with a semi gloss finish. The dark natural colors around the knot and the split look even darker black than before the stains and contrast just enough with the dark brown to look like an old board.
I really like the way it turned out and would recommend this wood for an old distressed look to your projects.
Familiarity: I haven't used it yet