bringing a wood carving to a new climate - suggestions?

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Forum topic by glen posted 03-05-2013 05:50 AM 864 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2013 05:50 AM

Hi – This is kind of a weird question, but I tried researching this online, but to no avail.

My sweetheart just came back from India to Calgary and brought with her this amazing wood carving Buddha. It’s a carved wood frame and in it is a 1/4 panel with Buddha carved into it. I have no idea what kind of wood this is. The finish feels like wax with maybe something to thin it – like mineral spirits or something. The 1/4” panel with the carving has some kind of stain on it, once again, no idea what – it was made by monks! I’m not sure if the panel was like this when she got it, but it has undergone a bit of cupping.

My worry is how this piece is going to react to the dry climate in Calgary compared to India. I’m wondering if I should expect any warping or cracking, and if there’s anything I can do to prevent this. Clamp it while it acclimatizes? Just let it be and deal with the outcomes?

I know it’s a bit of a tough question, what with not knowing the finish or wood species, but any help would be appreciated. It’s a fantastic piece of art that we’d like to preserve as best as possible.

Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 03-06-2013 12:37 AM

Not a wierd question at all, really. The wood will dry no matter what, so the best thing to do is slow it down as much as possible to avoid cracks. Put it in a back room, little\no ventilation, and in a paper bag. That will allow it to dry as low as it will. Good luck with it.

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 02:56 AM

Calgary is pretty dry so you may have a problem, but, as Nomad62 says, it will reach equilibrium with your environment eventually. Slowing down the drying process will improve the odds, but if it does dry a lot and can’t shrink evenly, you may see some cracking.

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