|Forum topic by glen||posted 03-05-2013 05:50 AM||598 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
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