Woodcare for Chainsaw Sculptures
There are a number of factors which compromise exterior wood. Sunlight, fungi and cold weather.
Below are a few pointers to help you best care for your chainsaw carving.
• Shaded spots are an ideal place for your chainsaw sculpture. If you can’t find all day shade then maybe try to avoid the midday sun.
• Moisture often gets trapped under the base of carvings so try to encourage air flow underneath (gravel, wooden baton etc). Avoid very damp spots in the garden if possible.
• Place the wooden carving into an outside shed or cool room in the house from December to March
• Do not place in central heated environments unless otherwise advised.
It’s best to keeping your eye on a new sculpture in the warm weather. Problems that would otherwise escalate can be nipped in the bud.
Your sculpture looks faded/dull – Brush off your carving and re-coat with your oil based product e.g. Danish oil, decking oil, tung oil.
Cracks are appearing – Re-coat your wood sculpture and make sure that you work it into the cracks. If for example a crack is on the front then it is best to lie the carving down and let gravity take the oil in when applying. Oil cracks at least twice.
Once oiled, rotate/move the carving so the crack(s) are not in direct sunlight.
Wooden carvings benefit greatly from continued treatment throughout their life. As a minimum apply oil once a year. To be thorough apply oil at the beginning and end of summer.