On receipt of your carving
All packaging should be removed on delivery to enable you to inspect your carving and to allow air to the timber to prevent mildew and mould developing.
Always take care when lifting timber products – they are often heavier than they appear. All carvings can be fragile and damage can occur to the base if dropped or if they are picked up by their ears.
Garden Placement and Seasonal Care
Please be aware that your carving is made of solid timber, which is a living material that may be affected by weather and climate. It should be kept outdoors, preferably in a shady spot in your garden, and also placed on some small stones to allow air to circulate underneath the base.
If possible in the spring, place your carving in a shady part of the garden as sudden temperature increases can cause it to dry out unevenly and might cause cracking.
Do not be worried if small splits occur as this is a natural process due to wood drying out and only enhances the natural beauty. Please do not be tempted to fill any cracks with wood filler, as this may cause the wood to split further as the timber shrinks naturally, however, these cracks will close seasonally.
In winter please do not bring your carving indoors – as tempting as this may be – our carvings and central heating don’t mix well and this can cause serious cracking.
Carvings can be wintered outdoors or alternatively stored in a shed.
Care for your Bears:
Our bears are made from Spruce, Larch and Grand Fir. All of our bears (including the bases) have been treated with exterior wood preservatives – so if you have recently bought one no further treatment is required at the present time.
Before next winter it would be advisable – but not necessary – to re-treat the bears in case any seasoning cracks have occurred. We treat our bears with Johnson’s Woodworks in satin, and the colour is antique pine, this colour is also consistent through other makes, i.e. Ronseal.
Love your Sheep:
Our sheep are made from spruce and treated with clear Danish oil all over the body and wood stain on their heads so if you have recently bought one no further treatment is required at the present time.
Before next winter it would be advisable – but not necessary – to re-treat the sheep with clear Danish oil. The sheep’s head colour is “Ebony” or Black and we use Johnson’s Woodworks.