Will these wood carvings last long enough to serve their purpose?” Here is a guide that answers all your Queries on the longevity of wood carvings.
How long does wood carving last?
There are many destructive wood agents, like moisture, bad weather, and insects. Wood carving is an art that is not easy to master, so you might wonder how long your wood carvings will last, given the difficulty of learning wood carving.
Worry not for wood carvings can stay from a few decades to several lifetimes or more. Longevity is also directly affected by several factors that we will go through in this article.
It is easy for wood carving to last several decades outside if it is kept away from direct sunlight and is frequently treated and sealed. In contrast, they will last almost indefinitely if they are indoors and are sealed.
What is wood carving?
Wood carving is the art of carving wood. Initially, wood carving was done by hand via techniques passed down from skilled artisans to apprentices. Today, wood carving is mainly learned through books and guides or through social media and workshops.
Process of wood carving
There is a lot of fun and freedom when it comes to wood carving. While you can literally carve any wood species, you should always pick hardwoods as they are long-lasting. You have probably heard that hardwoods are also better choices for whitling. It all has to do with how tight the grain in hardwoods is. This allows to chip away easily with control.
After Increasing a few lifetimes by choosing hardwoods, it’s time to decide on the design. Yes, the design will contribute to some degree to how long the piece will last. Too intricate a design with slender members passing through a knot or a shake may pose feature problems, especially if the wood carving is not treated.
After finishing your wood carving, all your decisions up to this point guarantee longevity in double digits under controlled conditions. But to push it even further, we need to polish and treat the wood carving. This is the Finishing department.
How to Prolong the Longevity of wood carvings
It is easy to take care of your wood carving if you want it to last. The most ideal way to ensure that your wood carving is protected is by storing them in the right conditions away from direct sunlight and applying a wood finish to seal the wood from elements and add a protective layer that guards the wood against direct damage.
finishing wood carving
Finishing your wood carving ensures there’s an additional layer that is purposefully there to protect the wood beneath. It’s however important to note that some finish may conceal the wood beneath. If you desire to show the wood as part of the artistic appeal make sure you use oil-based finishes. Such types of finishes are able to penetrate the grain, therefore, offering both protection and ‘reveal’. A personal favorite is Linsheen it’s pretty easy to use and does a good job of both protection and giving the grain a good popping color.
Check out our detailed article on The best way of finishing a wood carving project
Other ways to care for your carving
your piece should be protected from UV light, it is, therefore, a good idea to store your wood-carved pieces indoors. If the piece has to be outdoor make sure you coat it with a UV-approved coat like marine varnish. This varnish will go to great lengths to protect your outdoor wooden sculpture from UV and even moisture.
It is, however, worth noting that the solar and moisture are strong agents and wear out coats with time therefore make sure to recoat from time to time.