Thank you for choosing to buy one of my chainsaw carved pieces. I hope you will enjoy your one of a kind piece of art. Please see instructions below on how to care for your carving.
If you ordered a carving from me it will have already been treated with multiple coats of stain/paint and sealer.
If you have purchased a freshly carved piece at a live event you will want to coat it within the next few weeks. I suggest products such as SealTech waterproofing sealer, Behr or Cabot's Timber oil. Use a clear finish.
IF YOU PLACE YOUR CARVING OUTSIDE:
#1-The sun is the enemy! To minimize cracking keep your carving out of direct contact with the sun. Some type of shade or covered porch is ideal.
#2- Keep your carvings feet dry: Use stones, pavers, etc. to keep the carving from direct contact with the ground.
#3- Since the carving is outside in the elements it will need to be resealed- I always say once a year is a good idea. You will be the best judge to determine when to re-coat the carving. A couple of signs that it needs to be resealed are when the carving no longer repels water or it starts to discolor and turns grey.
IF YOU KEEP YOUR CARVING INSIDE:
#1- Keep the carving away from any heat sources, such as registers, fireplaces, etc.
#2- Keep the carving elevated slightly with wood strips. The carvings have moisture in them so they need to have airflow under them.
#3- You may never have to recoat this carving since it is indoors, but if it starts to discolor then recoat it with a high end exterior deck finish as explained above.
Remember you have purchased a piece of wooden art- not clay, plastic, or concrete. Similar to a log home your carving will dry over time and may develop drying checks or cracks. This is normal and can add character to your carving!