General Care of Carvings both individual pieces and onsite stump carvings...
(If you are inquiring on the assembly of benches please hover over the page 'Carving Care' above and then click the drop down "Bench Care and Disclaimer" where you will see a video at the bottom of the page that shows you how to assemble our benches.)
Our carvings are left uncoated so the new owners can choose what sort of protectant they prefer as yearly maintenance is recommended for best quality. Applying an exterior sealer to your carving with a quality UV exterior/outdoor protectant will greatly protect them from the elements and keep them in their best condition. There are various ways to protect carvings such as oil, spar varnish or polyurethane. We have had great experience with outdoor UV polyurethane or outdoor UV Spar Varnish that you can purchase by the quart or gallon from your local home maintenance store. We have heard of good results with various oils as well (but we have no experience with them). We recommend you follow the manufactures specifications for application and maintenance.
The following is very important for custom ordered pieces placed outside:
Carvings should be lifted off the (soil/ground/grass) and set on a solid base (patio block, bricks, a deck etc.) to avoid moisture absorption and water sitting under the carving.
If possible carvings should be kept out of direct all day, constant sunlight so try to locate carvings where they are offered at least partial shade during the day.
Chainsaw carvings are generally kept outdoors but some people choose to keep them indoors. For pieces kept inside, very little is needed to maintain them and if you like you can coat with an indoor sealer. Caution should be used so that carving temperature does not change too fast moving from inside to outside and refrain from setting near any heat source such as heat vents or wood stoves as this could cause them to crack. Also, indoor atmospheres are much more dry than natural outdoor elements. Note: Carvings kept indoors may crack more.
Note: Over time some cracking will occur in the pieces (indoor or outdoor) as they are a natural material (not kiln dried) but this simply adds to the character of each carving. (See the video at the bottom of this page.) If you choose to do so you may paint (spray in the cracks or brush) the carving and re-coat it. We use an acrylic paint (both spray and brush detail) so if you decide you would like to freshen up detailed paint, feel free to do so then re-apply your protectant after the paint has dried.We recommend applying a protectant to them every year or as often as you see fit. Some people like the natural aged look, others like to freshen them up each year, it is your preference. Maintanence is very simple and satisfying and really doesn't take much time.
Please keep in mind these are natural wood pieces that could contain an insect. We do our best to sell insect free pieces but these are not kiln dried and there is no way to know what is inside the carving. In most cases they are not harmful to your home, nor the carving other than some holes that add character:-). If you see sawdust coming out of your carving, just blow the holes with an air source or squirt the hole(s) with W-D40 (or something similar)...or you can just let them be and when the wood dries out it will leave. If a piece is going to be kept inside we recommend using cedar.
Feel free to contact us about any issues with the carvings and we will assist you in making it right.
We want happy customers.
Thank you and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Jim and Debbie
Cracking (checking) of chainsaw carvings.