Carvings are finished with a protective coating.
Here are some simple guidelines to follow once you get your custom wood carvings home.
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The following are examples of products that can be applied to sculptures. Please use your own discretion when choosing the appropriate finish for your sculpture.
Custom wood sculptures can also be stump carvings made with chainsaws and therefore be chainsaw wood carvings. When taking care of custom wood sculpture and or tree stump carving, the proper care and treatment is to be sure that it is dry an that your chainsaw wood sculptures are clean. If your wood isn't clean your custom wood carvings wont look as nice and your tree stump carving wont take the varnish as well. Custom wood carvings, since they are chainsaw wood carvings, and tree stump carvings may weather in the sun. the proper care and treatment is to keep your tree stump carving covered if possible and your custom wood carvings and chainsaw wood carvings inside or protected. The elements damage custom wood sculptures and tree stump carving as well as chainsaw wood carvings. Tree stump carving is something the whole family can watch happen. Pick the tree stump carving design and hire Jeff to come make custom wood carvings using your tree stump carving ideas and chainsaw wood carvings from his past. Tree stump carving and chainsaw wood carvings go hand in hand. Custom wood carvings and tree stump carving are Jeff's favorite. Chainsaw wood carvings are sold by him too.
Some small to midsized carvings have been fitted with temporary wood spacers for air flow. These wood blocks are removable/replaceable when needed.
Keep your carving’s base dry. Your carving should not come in direct contact with the ground. Use bricks, pavers, stones, gravel, pressure treated blocks, etc. under the carving to allow for airflow and drainage.
The sun dries out wood carvings and can lead to excess drying and cracking. If possible, keep your carving under some type of shade; covered porches are ideal for outside display. If your carving sees frequent sun, extra recoating will be necessary.
You will be the best judge to determine when to recoat the carving, signs are when the carving no longer repels water, looks dry, or starts to discolor, etc.
The best time for recoating is during a forecast of 2-3 dry days. Prepare by cleaning dirt and debris off your carving with a scrub brush, apply a recommended (or similar) product and let dry between coats. Regular maintenance, a minimum of once or twice a year, will help keep your carving looking great.
Recoat your carving with a high quality exterior deck finish like the ones listed below:
Man O' War Marine Spar Varnish, Satin (Amazon, Benjamin Moore)
Varathane Ultimate Spar Urethane - Oil Based, Satin (Home Depot, Amazon)
Varathane Ultimate Spar Urethane - Water Based, Clear Satin (Home Depot, Amazon)
Sikkens Cetol Log & Siding - Oil Based, Natural (Benjamin Moore Paints)
Cabot’s Australian Timber - Oil Based, Natural (Lowe’s, Ace Hardware)
You have purchased a tree stump carving or chainsaw wood carvings. Similar to log homes, your custom carvings will dry over time and may develop drying checks or cracks. This is normal and can add character to your carvings. If the cracks are large and located in a critical spot, they may be able to be repaired.