How to Care and Extend life of Wood Carvings
How to care for your Wooden Carvings. Here are a few tips to extend the life of Tikis, Totems and other wooden carvings. Always protect them if putting outside or not in a covered area. Good idea to put a light coat of protection even if outside in covered area.
Tikis and other carvings: Makana Hut's preference for treatment is PPG Proluxe (Sikkens). It will last up to 2-3 years before you need to re-apply. We have been using the Butternut. Has light color and doesn't change the wood grain. Most of our Tikis and Totems are covered with this product before shipped out.
Tikis and Totems that are outdoors please make sure the sit on some kind of concrete or stone base to prevent any type of damage or rotting. If sitting directly on soil or grass the moisture will come up from base and rot the piece.
Indoor woods carvings can be shined with Orange Oil from Howard.
Koa products we use a triple steel wool soaked in Orange Oil to avoid and scratching. Rub in a circular motion, then wipe down with dry soft cloth.
NOTE: Our local carver actually likes the Tikis or Totems to not be protected and have the wood age and become a greyish color (image below). He feels it is more authentic and it's the way the Polynesians view the Tiki Carvings.