Carvings are made from raw logs and are not kiln dried. Therefore, moisture is inside the sculpture and will eventually escape. T & D Carvings takes extra steps to help limit cracks. They try to get their wood cut when the sap is the lowest and then the logs are brought to the shop, debarked (to help prevent bug issues) and seasoned. After they have carved the sculpture, it is seal right away with an exterior sealer that is meant to allow the wood to "breath" , escape the moisture slowly. The slower the moisture content escapes, the minimal cracking that will appear. However we do not guarantee that the sculpture will not crack. This is the nature of wood and fluctuation in the environment can cause stress in the wood and cracks could appear.
The best way to preserve your carving is to try to keep it out of environmental elements.
* The sun is the # 1 enemy of the sculpture. If possible, keep it under some source of shade. Covered porches are
ideal for outside display.
* Keep it off of direct contact of the ground. This will allow air flow to prevent rooting and also prevent moisture marks
from occurring on the surface
* Re-coat the carving with a high-end exterior finish. Most of our carvings are coated with Minwax Spar , Sikkens,
or Cabots Timber oil. You will be the best judge of the recoating time. Some signs are when the carving no longer
repels water or starts to dull. You may seal the bottom too at this time.
* If you wish to bring a well weathered (gray) carving back to life. Mix a mixture of 25% outdoor bleach to 75% water
and spray it on carving. You can mix it stronger for really aged carvings. Let the carving sit and dry well and then
reapply the exterior finish (normally 1 re-coat is sufficient). Use your judgement.
* Keep carving away from heat sources
* Keep the carving slightly elevated to allow air flow and prevent marking on flooring. (wood stickers are a good
* You may never need to re-coat a carving inside, but if it starts to discolor, then re-coating as desired.
ALWAYS USE PRECAUTION:
* Stabilize the carving and NEVER ALLOW CHILDREN OR ANIMALS TO PLAY ON OR NEAR THE SCULPTURE.
* Screw down bench back boards and seats to ensure stability
* When using bleach or the exterior sealer, PLEASE use precautions and mask off any area you don't won't to get
chemicals on. Use well ventilated area, wear gloves and eye protection to prevent contact to your skin or eyes.
Remember, you have purchased a finely hand crafted sculpture made from a raw log- (not a mass produced plastic or concrete sculpture). Over time, checks or cracks can occur due to the nature of drying, This is normal and can add character to your carving. If it is really bothersome or in a critic spot or large, T & D does do repairs at their shop in Brockport for a labor fee and supply cost.