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    this is my carving of Jeb , Dale Green from out west stopped in our area and taught us this class from his roughouts.
    my question is how to finish. I now prefer watco danish natural, but that does not add much of a golden hue to the wood. I can maybe mix in some color to the danish oil. would it have to be oil color ? i think it sounds logical, how much and what color? or have you other ideas. i really dont think i should use acrylic on this carving. would like a buckskin color to it. Jeb1.JPGJeb2.JPG
    Denny

    photos at........ http://wiscoden.jimdo.com/

  • #2
    Hi Denny , Boy you did good on this Guy Great Detailing . I like the color that BLO gives the Raw Wood , then Coat it with Poly U . Try it on a Piece of Scrap Wood first . Merle

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    • #3
      thanks merle. i used to use blo exclusively, always got a warm glow with it, the last two can i bought however, has a bright color change to it, sort of yellow or yellow green. it did ruin the carving i was trying it on. i am soured on blo after that experience.
      Denny

      photos at........ http://wiscoden.jimdo.com/

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      • #4
        How about an acrylic stain?

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        • #5
          He's a great looking mountain man . . . and I really like the detail. I'm in the same boat as you in regard to being unsure as of finish. Have tried mixing BLO with burnt-umber oil paint (and experimented with other colors too) but never have found something that really seemed just right.

          I still think the BLO and oil could be very good . . . maybe it's a question of using the right ratio of BLO to oil.
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          • #6
            Nice carving, Maybe a dark oak or walnut Danish oil and wipe it off while it is still wet if it seems too dark or BLO plus a bit of burnt umber
            Herb

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            • #7
              This carving has a lot of fine detail. I recommend that you highlight some of the details by selectively staining with gel stain. To control where the stain goes, seal the entire carving with water-based polyacrylic. Then brush the stain into areas you want to highlight and wipe off almost immediately. Finish the entire carving with poly.
              Here is an example - NOT MINE - only the shoes, pants, beard, hair and incised lines are stained. The carving is by Max Keller, a master carver in Oberammergau, Germany.

              Keller1.jpgKeller2.jpg

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              • #8
                gonna be gone for a week, will have lots of time to test n try when i get back. thanks so far for all the good tips.
                Denny

                photos at........ http://wiscoden.jimdo.com/

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                • #9
                  Great carving Denny, Going to leave the finish to those who got a better feel for finishes
                  . . .JoeB

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                  • #10
                    Great carving!!! Most of the leather the trappers wore were smoked after the tanning process, so they are more of a darker buckskin color...also, this guys looks like he has some miles on him, and the leather leggings got darker with age. I don't think you would be wrong to err on the side of a bit darker on the leather shirt and pants...just my .02!

                    I assume that is a coyote fur hat...darker gray, with white and amber streaks on that fur...
                    Last edited by tbox61; 10-25-2019, 05:11 PM.

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                    • #11
                      If you zoom in a little on the front of the capyou mightpick out its a racoon cap the original caps back then left the faces and ears on
                      Denny

                      photos at........ http://wiscoden.jimdo.com/

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                      • #12
                        A swell job, Denny. Nice details and appropriate ones at that. I use BLO and there are various qualities of BLO, and with artist BLO which is expensive. I wouldn't give up on it yet, and just try it on some scrap wood. Buy fresh and a name brand. JMO
                        Bill
                        Living among knives and fire.

                        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                        • #13
                          Denny, Did Dale have any suggestions. I paint with acrylics after putting on danish oil. They work just fine. I have also just painted the eyes just to give him a little life.
                          If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

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                          • #14
                            Nice work on the carving, Denny!

                            Claude
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                            • #15
                              First great carving, great job on the detail.

                              Finish:
                              If I’m keeping it simple I use pure dark tung oil to add some color, a few coats of gloss poly and finishing with two sprayed coats of satin poly

                              If it’s a project I’m really committed to. Trans-tint makes an additive allowing to tint oil based poly.
                              This is an extensive process.
                              1. Two coats of Charles Neils pre-color conditioner
                              2. gloss poly, allow to dry
                              3. 320 grit VERY lite sanding then Tinted gloss poly, allow to dry
                              Repeat step 3 until you get the desired color. This will take several days as each coat needs to dry fully.
                              I usually sand one more time and the spray on two coats of satin poly.
                              It’s a long process butt I get the color I want and the wood grain shows through.

                              Basswood eggs with trans tint finish left egg is over Neil’s right is over a gloss poly base.
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                              Ed
                              Living in a pile of chips.
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