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    Many of us, when we look at our old carvings, see things we would do differently. Or, we discover damage or deterioration that could be corrected. I recently removed this exterior wall decoration that hung on a west-facing wall of my house for 18 years. It's a design by Escher carved in redwood - or what the Big Box stores call redwood.

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    We are considering hanging it on an exterior wall in our patio (200 miles away), but first I'd like to clean up the surface details and apply a new finish. This photo is almost as old as the carving, so you'll have to imagine the condition of the surface. I plan to go over the entire surface. Oh, by the way, it's 7-1/2 feet by 4 feet. Any thoughts about this task?

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    Nice nostalgic project and a big one, Pallin
    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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      Me too Pallin. Last week I took down this 25 year old oak carving. I have never been happy with the way I did the eyes and I want to clean up some of the detail.then mount it on a gray barn wood back board. I enjoy redoing old project that I see I cam improve.
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      Randy

      WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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      • #4
        Re-doing an old project...hmmm. Not a bad idea. I could perhaps recarve a few earlier pieces that I now find embarrassing to look at!
        Arthur

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        • #5
          Hi
          good idea
          when run out of ideas.
          In what state is it now? details disappeared?

          How did you stain/color the fish and birds?
          Jos
          Belgium

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          • #6
            So, I set up the carving in the patio to take a photo, but I had trouble getting it from my cell phone to my computer. Then it fell over and broke off two pieces.

            jderijcke - It was stained with white & dark brown wipe-on stains. The details are intact - a little weathered.

            Randy - How about using a fabric covered back-board for your carving? - like this:

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            • #7
              [QUOTE=pallin;n1160759 S N I P
              Randy - How about using a fabric covered back-board for your carving? - like this:

              [SIZE=16px][/SIZE]Phil, that fabric covered backboard is a nice idea. I have a project in mind that a backboard like that will set off perfectly! Thanks!
              Arthur

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                Randy - How about using a fabric covered back-board for your carving? - like this:


                I will stain the backing wood with a steelwool-vinigar stain that will give it about the same color as the fabric you used pallin. I wamt the grain lines to stand out. I will post a picture when done.
                Randy

                WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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                • #9
                  I feel redoing an Old Carving is like redoing an Antique . When I look at my Old Carvings I see my efforts from years ago and know that was my best at at that time and now I can compare todays efforts with the Past and hope for improvement . Just my thoughts on the other side of this discussion . Merle

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Merle Rice View Post
                    I feel redoing an Old Carving is like redoing an Antique . When I look at my Old Carvings I see my efforts from years ago and know that was my best at at that time and now I can compare todays efforts with the Past and hope for improvement . Just my thoughts on the other side of this discussion . Merle
                    I understand your point and do not disagree. But on projects that are always in public view I like correcting mistakes or improving them if the are basically good carvings. The fish plaque hangs in the dinning room and needs a touch up to work with some things we have changed.
                    Randy

                    WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

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                    • #11
                      Randy - I've been also thinking about your fish eyes, You might consider putting a dimple in the center of the eye circle, or perhaps a crescent

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                      Last edited by pallin; 08-11-2019, 04:37 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Nice augmentation, pallin, and I like it...
                        Bill
                        Living among knives and fire.

                        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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