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post #1 of 7 Old 07-22-2019, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Hand carved pillars

Someone is selling Hand carved wooden antique pillars for $200 in Florence, AZ. I almost want to buy them, but all I can think about the cleaning of them. Its very dusty where I am and they would get dusty right away so they're not very practicable for me.

Anyway I see photos of houses filed with this type of wood work all the time and was just wondering how do they keep it clean.
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Carvings are a problem in a dusty environment. You would have to put a pretty thick film finish on them to be able to keep them clean.
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if you are an art collector, they could be modified
to hold statues or plants for inside the home.
other than that, will be a PITA keeping them clean outside.
or - if there is a profit margin, you could modify them to hold
things like sculptures, plants, etc and sell them locally.

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Thanks for the reply's. They don't say how tall they are only that they are very old. I was thinking maybe putting a glass shelf or plants on them, but I think I'm going to pass. The more I think about it the more I believe they will not work for me especially with the dust here in the desert.

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Most houses that have such fancy woodwork will also have household staff to look after things like that.

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I lived in a log cabin on a river back in my 20s. The place was filled with rustic wood and also had a large potbelly stove which was the primary heat source. There was electric heat in the bedrooms, but we hardly used them because the wood burning stove provided so much heat. The stove was listed as a high efficiency stove, but it still let out a little soot every time you opened the door to add more wood or to clean it.
I found out that everything looked great for a while after it was built, but quickly started looking dirty from all the dust and soot collecting in the groves and pores of the rustic wood. I tried cleaning it, but that just made it worse. I decided after I moved out of there that I would never live in an all wood house unless the walls were of a high gloss finish so I could actually use a soapy wet sponge to wipe everything clean without it being absorbed into the wood.

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I'd buy them. If dust is a problem, you can get those compressed air canisters that are used to blow dust out of computer keyboards and other electronic parts.
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