|Forum topic by Bobbie54||posted 04-11-2016 12:57 PM||466 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-11-2016 12:57 PM
Some years ago (I think about 35) my dad carved a road sign for our road. He was an avid woodcarver, especially in cedar, and made many items including dugout canoes and totem poles and a few carved doors. He would have liked one of us five daughters to become a carver but no one did.
Anyway, the sign appears to have been made from cedar planks held together in a frame to form about a 4×3 sign. They must have been about 1” planks but he did a relief carving on both sides so in some areas the original (as carved) thickness was probably about 1/2”. It was painted soon after finishing and I have no idea if any kind of preservative was used first. Original paint type is also unknown but probably oil-based.
It stands out exposed to weather and wind (lots of rain, lots of wind). It was recently graffiti’d so we went up to repaint and discovered rot in the thinner spots as well as a little bit in the uncarved spots- some splitting of the wood, in particular. We went ahead and repainted since we wanted to hide the profanities that had been spray painted on it but are now trying to decide whether there is a good way to save it. The paint is flaking in the damaged spots so we can get down to wood quite easily there. It can’t easily be sanded because the chiseled out areas are rough-chiseled (chisel marks show) but where the rot is there isn’t any way to sand. I think any attempt to just remove the rot will leave holes.
Any suggestions would be welcome.