Shown below are two versions of the same Texas relief carving. The image on the left is a finished product with obvious cracking/checking in the mesquite wood. The image on the right also is a finished product, but I filled the cracks with turquoise-colored sawdust. One carving, two dramatic results.
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All photographs on this website were taken by Ken Holubec.
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My thanks to William Braud and Winona Schroeter for help in constructing and maintaining this website.
I am grateful for R. L. Blair's chainsaw carving guidance and friendship.
I finish my carvings with a minimum of two coats of either a
spar urethane sealant or a penetrating oil base wood stain with UV
protection. However, this will not completely stop the cracking/checking
as the wood dries over a period of time, especially if the carving is left
outdoors. Cracking or checking in the wood is a natural process. Many people
feel, as do I, that this adds to the character and beauty of the carving.
This page provides additional information about my carvings, along with a few photos of the environment in which I do this work.