Blessed with Life
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Thanks for the replies yall. Woodnthings the info in your links is very helpful and already I better understand the different techniques available to try to prevent cracking.
Glad to see a fellow Tennessean, Tennessee Tim! Yes I'd say I've noticed the seasonal difference as well. Warmer temps will make sap or water flow out wood faster. I really am only a beginner but I've always assumed I should work with wood that's dried to 10% moisture content or below, cause all info I've seen through the years would seem to say that's the most surefire way it doesn't crack on you while working on it, or worse after it's done. I've never thought about roughing out a sculpture and letting it dry further. If I seal endgrains of this roughed sculpture and tie it in a bag, opening a few mins each day, will this method be controlled enough to prevent cracking? Also, logs shrinking into a football sorta shape wouldn't really pester me, might actually help a little giving me a little more rounded shape to chisel from.
I wish I had any finished works to show yall, but do have sketches/blueprints. I'm only a youngin lol but my vision is clear. I'm going for a very Renaissance/representational sort of style. But I let each piece of wood speak to me based on its shape and grain. I use mallet and chisel, sometimes augers and dremel. Ultimately it's my goal to do a series of angel statues, each of different kind of hardwood, finished in oil finish, with stone inlays like turquoise and malachite for their eyes. That's what I feel called to do. Thing is, the wood itself is what stumps me the most haha