Monday, November 5, 2018

Troublesome Wood



Working with dead wood which has been laying around for 30 or 40 years, is that you occasionally encounter some problems. As a sculpting base its fantastic but sometimes there are some rather unusual problems. With the piece above, I was working on the restoration and cleaning of the piece when I found it had a decidedly large termite family living within it. In most cases once I've cleaned the wood, the local denizens all die. Not in this case. Its now been treated several times with an insecticide that permeates the cracks, but they still continue to wriggle out. I am hoping a third treatment will do the trick. But in the offhand chance it doesn't, the rest will be caught in their own tomb when I use an epoxy sealant on the wood as the final step of the restoration process. 

Do other sculptors have these odd problems???? 

Yeah it will look great when its finished! 

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