Wooden Garden Sculpture and Its Care
Wooden Garden sculptures make your garden or yard look stunning and appealing in any case. They complement the beautiful natural setting that surrounds your house. However, to enjoy seeing them for long years, you need to know how to take care of them.
Wooden Garden Sculptures
The choice of wooden garden sculptures gives an outdoor space its exceptional charm that certain something not found anywhere else. The garden sculptures are a great way to plant permanent cheer in flowerbeds and veggie patches, or lend whimsy to any corner or your yard. The angels, saints and cherubs make divine additions, while fairies and dragons garden statues give a mythical touch.
Wooden Garden sculptures can take many forms, from animal to human to abstract. Whether it is highly polished or hewn with a chain saw, the only limits are imagination and the size of the block of wood. The wood source can be anything from a purchased block of heartwood to the stump of a fallen tree in your garden or front yard.
Taking Care of Wooden Garden Sculptures
Your wooden carving has been given several coats of oil to protect it from the weather and inhibit splitting. It will however need a bit of care and attention to keep it looking at its best.
What You Will Need:
- Whisk broom
- Plastic tarp
- Semitransparent penetrating stain
- Watch the weather forecast for two warm, dry days for sealing outdoor wood sculpture. Try to work in the shade.
- Spread a plastic tarp around the wood sculpture, if it is a tree stump or under it if it can be lifted. The tarp will protect surrounding vegetation from spilled or splashed stain. Whisk dust, dirt and wood particles from the surface of the wood sculpture so that stain will sink in evenly.
- Apply the first coat of semi-transparent penetrating stain with a paintbrush. Dot it into crevices of rough surfaces and use long, even strokes for smooth surfaces. Cover the surface as quickly as you can, to avoid leaving overlapping marks as the stain penetrates.
- Apply the second coat within two hours, or before the first coat dries. If the first coat has dried in some areas, you will see shiny spots where the second coat cannot sink into the wood. Wipe excess stain away as you go, with a soft cloth or damp sponge.
- Allow the stain to cure for two days, then tip the sculpture onto its side and stain the bottom in the same manner. This will protect the bottom of the sculpture from insect damage and rot from fungus or bacteria.