Woodcare for Chainsaw Sculptures

A big thank you to all my customers. Here's the treatment guide if you should need it - Treatment Guide

There are a number of factors which compromise exterior wood. Sunlight, fungi and cold weather. Below are a few pointers to help you best care for your chainsaw carving.


  • Shaded spots are an ideal place for your chainsaw sculpture. If you cant find all day shade then maybe try to avoid the midday sun.
  • Moisture often gets trapped under the base of carvings so try to encourage air flow underneath (gravel, wooden baton etc). Avoid very damp spots in the garden if possible.
  • Place the wooden carving into an outside shed or cool room in the house from December to March
  • Do not place in central heated environments unless otherwise advised.


It's best to keeping your eye on a new sculpture in the warm weather. Problems that would otherwise escalate can be nipped in the bud.

Your sculpture looks faded/dull - Brush off your carving and re-coat with your oil based product e.g. danish oil, decking oil, tung oil.

Cracks are appearing - Re-coat your wood sculpture and make sure that you work it into the cracks. If for example a crack is on the front then it is best to lie the carving down and let gravity take the oil in when applying. Oil cracks at least twice.

Once oiled , rotate/move the carving so the crack(s) are not in direct sunlight.

Wooden carvings benefit greatly from continued treatment throughout their life. As a minimum apply oil once a year. To be thorough apply oil at the beginning and end of summer.


Good luck