What is a laminated carving
The NWC specializes in the Lamination of wood to create the ultimate in longevity and structural integrity. NWC travels to a local Amish mill and hand selects kiln dried boards that are suitable for that specific lamination project. They are then planed on all four sides and brought back to the studio where the artist then uses an epoxy that is impervious to heat, water and cold temperatures to basically permanently glue the boards together. Blocks are formed by layering the boards with a layer of epoxy between each and then compressed with huge clamps for 24 hours. Once the decided structure has been assembled the artist begins to carve. This method is the gold standard in reliability and structural integrity the reason being is that if you take a whole log and carve an object its appendages are going to eventually break off simply because the grain direction is going the wrong way. Cross grain on an appendage is a recipe for endless repairs down the road. However if you add the kiln dried boards grain in the direction that the appendage is going you create a far better and much stronger piece. All the wood used is white pine and the fact that it is kiln dried and stable before lamination. The construction phase is going to aid in a crack free piece of art. Also the overall weight of the carving will be lighter then a whole log carving.
How long does a carving take?
On site carvings all vary in size and complexity, as well as wood species. Each piece is done within a window predetermined by price,difficulty,location, and scheduling. Each carving (depending on setup time) will have different completion times, especially if there is decking and scaffolding that must be assembled. Less difficult carvings can be finished in a few hours, some a day or two, while others can take a week or more.
How much does a carving cost?
Each carving is unique and each has its own merits. Northwoods Carver takes his time with his work and prides himself on the amount of quality that goes into each piece. When purchasing a finished piece the carving has already been inspected and a value is placed on it that reflects the artist’s effort. He uses his experience to create each piece as well as using it to assess the value. As far as on site commissions go Northwoods Carver will always work within the confines of the customers budget. Once the Customer gives the figure that they can afford NWC will assess whether or not he can work something out for that customer in their price range. In some cases NWC can direct the customer to a more suitable carver for the lower budget pieces.
Will the carving crack?
and if it does what do we do about it? In 100% of the carvings that are made each day by artists all over the world they will tell you yes they will crack, however what each one does about it is totally up for debate. A reputable artist such as NWC will fix the crack as long as the piece is returned to him at the owners expense. If small cracks appear it is always best to wait until the crack has reached its maturity before repairing it. Often times when a crack is fixed to soon it will rip the fix wide open and the next repair will cost you.
What do we seal the carving with?
Each carving can be sealed differently interior pieces may just be sealed with a Spar Urethane while exterior pieces are sealed with Cabot’s Australian Timber oil.
How long will the carving last out side?
This is the $64,000 dollar question. Each wood species carries with it a unique life span of their own in nature when left unchecked. Hardwoods for the most part are the best for longevity and can last 3 times longer if sealed and taken care of. White Pines and other Conifers are very abundant and can last a very long time in the elements as well if cared for properly. One can effectively last 20 years or more if precautions are taken and care is meticulous.
Does the price of the carving change if the customer provides the wood?
No it does not .
Does the NWC carry insurance?
Yes the NWC is amply insured and will show documentation when asked.
Does the NWC travel to do on site stump carvings?
Yes NWC will travel to the site at owner’s expense.
How do I schedule a commision with the NWC? title
Go to the contact page and give all of your contact information and a description of what you have in mind and the NWC will then contact you to discuss the matter in detail.
Is a deposit necessary?
NWC will require a 50% down payment payable by bank transfer or check . When NWC receives the down payment then a date is scheduled and a time frame will be discussed and implemented, afterwards a receipt will be sent to the customer via email.
Does the NWC ship sculptures?
Yes NWC does ship carvings to all points as long as the customer understands the fact that customer incurs all of the expense of shipping, including the building of the custom crate.
Does the NWC teach carving lessons?
This depends on the schedule for the year and the interest level of the individual.
What is best kind of wood to carve?
This is another loaded question simply because the answer will vary from carver to carver.
What brand of saw does the NWC run?
Does the NWC draw a picture to better enlighten the customer of thoughts he has about the composition?
Yes usually there is a basic rendering provided if necessary. If several renderings are called for the the customer will be charged $250.00 per rendering for more involved sketches and rendering changes.
Does the NWC put a guarantee the wood carvings? title
Not on a whole log Carving but he does on his craftsmanship. If a piece fails structurally then he covers that, if the piece fails because of neglect on the customer’s behalf then all repair cost is charged to the customer.