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CARVING CARE

What to Expect - The Nature of Wood

  • It's the nature of log wood to fluctuate with temperature and humidity, so cracks and checks will happen in log sculptures - they are a normal occurrence and can be embraced as part of the character of the natural wood.

  • Kiln-dried lumber and glue-laminated timber block sculptures tend to be more stable and resistant to cracks and checks, but they can still occur.

  • Natural weathering of outdoor sculptures is expected over time.

  • Carvings made for outdoor use are generally finished with spar urethane or timber oil featuring UV and water-resistant properties.

  • Carvings made for indoor use may use an alternative varnish and will be noted.

  • Routine maintenance promotes optimal longevity of a wood sculpture.

General Maintenance Tips

  • For outdoor carvings, I recommend that Owners routinely re-seal with spar urethane or timber oil 1-2 times per year, and targeted application as new cracks occur.

  • For indoor carvings, re-sealing isn't as necessary due to not being exposed to the elements.

  • If preferred, larger cracks may be touched up with same-colored paint or stain, then re-sealed.

  • Insects are prone to love wood, especially outdoors. Carvings are pre-treated with natural insecticide at point of carving to eliminate any preexisting creepy-crawlies. If new insect activity appears (ie. visual bugs, piles of wood dust forming), insecticide fumigation is recommended as treatment.

  • Clients can maintain their own carvings and I’ll gladly offer advice

  • Clients can also contact me to inquire about a service quote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closeup of freshly cut logs

​General Installation Tips

  • Place on a level, well-drained surface such as paving stones, crushed rock, deck, or concrete/pavement with spacers to prevent moisture being trapped underneath. Avoid placing on grass or dirt

  • Installing under shelter from direct rain/sun increases the artwork's longevity by reducing the natural weathering exposure (ie. under a covered deck/porch, pavilion, gazebo)

  • The more exposed a sculpture is to the elements, the more natural weathering will occur, so keeping up with maintenance is key

  • Secure the sculpture to prevent theft and/or tipping. Each installation is unique, but here are a few ideas:

    • If placed on a platform/deck with access underneath, a sculpture can be secured from beneath using screws/lag bolts

    • Metal brackets with a 90-degree angle can be installed at the base - secured into the side of the wood with screws/lag bolts, and to the surface below with ground posts/concrete anchors/lag bolts/screws

    • An eye-bolt or U-bolt installed into the back of the carving can be secured to an anchor point with chain/cable

  • Avoid close proximity to heat sources, vents, fans, and excessively drying conditions

  • Signage/fencing may prevent damage from unwanted touching/climbing

  • Consider insuring the artwork

  • Ask me for advice or inquire about custom installation service

 

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