Finishes - Wood carving final finish
Every carving project that you make will need to be protected with a final finish to
preserve it over the years to come. After a final finish is applied, dust, oil, dirt
or other impurities will no longer contribute to deteriorate your carving creation.
There are many types and methods of wood finishes.
What kind of finish you choose for your wood project depends on the final
purpose and use of it.
The main finishes wide spread and accepted, with a high
quality protection and design improvement
solution for your carvings are the
Paste Wax, Danish Oil, Spray Urethane, Spray Polyurethane, Acrylic paints,
Poly, Laquer, Satin Deft or Polish Deft, Oils, Stains, etc. Every one of them has
it's own advantages or drawbacks, below are the descriptions for the most used
Paste Wax Finish
Paste Wax is the most clearest from all the wood finishes. The wood colors
remain natural and bright. A disadvantage of this type of finish is that does not
resist too much if the object is frequently manipulated. That's why this type of
finish is mostly recommended to be applied on more decorative carvings rather
on frequently used or touched ones. There is also the possibility to reapply this
type of finish from time to time, if the finish first look is getting lost in time.
Danish Oil Finish
The Danish Oil finish is particularly unique in terms of ease of use and of it's
wonderful finished effect. It also resists very well to frequent handling. However,
the Danish Oil will slightly change
the wood color tone and will also change a
a little the paints used on the carvings.
Spray Urethane and Polyurethane Finish
This types of finishes are the most durable. Wood carvings applied with this type
of finish will last even if the carvings will have a highly intensive use. These sprays
are very easy to apply and extremely easy to clean after work. There is, however,
some things that you must know before applying urethane sprays on your works:
The sprays are weather sensitive, so apply this finish in a well ventilated and
constant medium temperature environment.
Don't spray too close to the wood carving, preventing blasting the spray on a
The finish must be let plenty of time to dry before re-applying a finish again.
Different carving techniques can
be applied with different tools.
Techniques of wood carving
explained in depth.
Types of tools used for wood
carving. Multi-functional wood
carving tools, hand tools, power
tools and complete carving sets.
Every wood type has its own
nature.. and since the wood
is not equally strong in all
directions, the design must be
arranged keeping this in mind.