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05-21-2008 09:00 AM

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I was hoping to get some ideas from the crew out there. I want to make relief carvings to hang on my fence, but I don’t know if it is possible to do that without painting the wood. does anyone have any ideas on what kind of wood to use and how to treat it? these will be small (about the size of a dinner plate) and not large chainsaw carvings. Any ideas would be great.

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 07:18 PM

I would think almost any clear finish labeled for outdoor would work use as long as it has UV protection. In the past I dissolved a handful on “packing peanuts” (not the newer ones made out of starch) in lacquer thinner and painted it on some trees that I carved wood spirits on. At the time I wasn’t interested so much in UV protection as I was in protecting the tree from disease and insect damage.

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#2 posted 05-21-2008 08:53 PM

Hello my Friend! I believe i would use Cedar for the wood. It is soft and cuts well. What you want to be carefull of is spliting the wood, or breaking the piece in two. Once carved, it will gray nice and you can paint for high light, but it is not neccessary. Cedar post can stand up to burying it in dirt, and will not rot quickly. Have a great day.

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