How to Prepare a Basswood Carving for Painting and Staining

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Forum topic by Druid posted 04-10-2018 08:56 PM 3543 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2018 08:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: basswood linden carving preparation

For the Basswood (Linden wood) carvers, there is often the question of how the wood should be prepared for painting or staining.
Fred Zavadil, a Canadian master wood carver, has a well presented method on his site . . .
I would suggest that you also take the time to have a good look around all of his site so that you don’t miss any of his excellent information.
The information and video on preparing Basswood can be found at . . .

Happy carving. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 09:33 PM

Timely post. I’m just finishing up a basswood carving and was considering finishing methods. Thanks for sharing!

-- Tyler - Central TX

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 09:36 PM

Thanks John

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 12:01 AM

Hope you find the information as helpful as I did.
I was fortunate enough to have seen some of Fred’s carvings when I lived near Toronto, and my favourite one that I saw “live” is his Archer.
If you ever have the opportunity to meet Fred, make sure you take the time to do so. It will be worth it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 04-11-2018 02:58 AM

Thanks, John. I envy folks who can carve figures from a block of wood.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 04-11-2018 03:50 AM

Glad you enjoyed it Lew.
BTW . . . Most of the figure carvers envy your ability to produce those beautiful rolling pins. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 04-12-2018 09:26 PM

Update of additional details from Fred and Hana Zavadil . . .
“I am glad the info could help someone, just hope they realize this is only for inside carvings and for basswood and also that they really, really have to put a LOT of the sealer on, especially on the ends!!!! And also that the first time they try the method, they try it on something else, not on the actual carving!!!! It is a skill and it takes time to do it well …. ”
My thanks to Fred and Hana for adding these additional details.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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