CustomerŽs mail i got this morning:
"looks good. but i have a concern about the crack.will the crack get much larger?"
well, i wish i could tell for sure it wonŽt. all i know is , if i fill it (with glue or whatsortever wood filler) and it would start to shrink back, it would make it crack even worse on another spot.
I carved that chinook out of a stump i split in half and use just one side. there were no cracks when i started, and i left it "blocked out" for a few days and watched, because i wanted to make a supergood job for him. (he already owns one of my other carvings from last year) nothing happened and i finished it up, but on the last day we had a superwarm and dry day and a rainy (moist) cold night so the crack happened to be there next morning. now that i sealed it with thompson water seal?! i think it should be ok - but i cant tell for sure.
any ideas? should i fill it?
(wallmount) as well any ideas about how to get him on the wall ???
would be a shame to drill holes in it i think. i thought about getting some sort of driftwoodroot, mount that on the wall and just fit the fish on top ?!
I think that filling the crack is a good idea. Finds a longer piece of wood of the same species, color and grain. Cut a long, thin wedge shape on your table saw. (be very careful doing this) Try to make the wedge a similar shape as the crack. Apply a thin coating of glue to the wedge and drive it securely into the slot. Gorilla glue will be very compatible with the oil finish that you have applied. When dry, sand and refinish the surfaces. If done carefully, you won't be able to see the strip...That depends mostly on the wood you have chosen for the wedge.
You may or may not want to go thru this trouble, but it has worked well for me. Jon
I don't know what you informed your customer before you started the project but, I learned the hard way, but I tell all my customers that this is wood and I don't know if, when, where or how much it may crack. I let them know that there are also some other things that may happen down the road that are also out of my hands. I make sure they are comfortable with that before we all agree on the details of the deal.
I like the crack. Like many have stated, it gives it character.
Very nice piece.
If your customer is close by, give it to them and let them bring it back in six months or so after the wood has had a chance to do it's thing, then fill it if they still want to. Chances are they will be used to it and not care anymore, and they'll never be back except to buy more. If you do fill it, in addition to cutting wedges, if you need to use filler, sculpwood two part epoxy putty sure is nice stuff.
If you don't want holes in it, wrought iron might look good with it. Bend some metal strapping or aluminum, something that holds it's shape, for a template, then have a blacksmith match the contour, like how a jewel setting holds a stone. You carved a gem there.
With objects that big I would recommend a French Cleat. It is a very sturdy and reliable way of hanging large objects, yet is easily removed without undoing screws or ties. If you don't know what a French cleat is. Google photo it. They can be made simply from wood or bought at the hardware store in wood or metal.
... a lot guys! It has to wait untill iŽm back from Chetwynd anyway. WeŽll see what happens than! Heading out towards Chetwynd tomorrow morning 4am (1000 Km) i have a old old Van, so iŽll take it very easy and planed a "spare" day.
thank you! JJ
JJ, I agree with either waiting until it's done contracting and repairing, or not filling the crack.
Repairs using filler can look pretty bad when the wood continues to separate, so I lean towards not filling.
However...I have no experience using wedges, so can't speak to that. I'd be afraid tapping a thin wedge in would pop the carving apart (you can see a crack on both sides, I believe).