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    Default Carving a cane need advice

    I carving my own walking stick or cane. Whats a good oil to preserve wood and avoid cracking.
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    It's a different application, but I would think that the results would be similar.

    My wife has one of those carved tree limb bears that lives outside. I don't know what wood it is, but she was told to douse it with linseed oil several times a year to protect the wood and keep it from drying/splitting. I would wipe it down spring and fall, and no splitting occured for the first several years - it only occurred after I forgot...

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    Yep, boiled linseed oil
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    Another common old timers recipe is for the first application on bare wood is to use a mix of boiled linseed oil and turpentine... this tends to absorb deeper into the wood fibers.. after thats good and dry apply just boiled linseed oil thereafter.... apply a good coat.... allow it to soak in a couple hours or better overnight... wipe off any surface excess... allow to dry a couple days...
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    Thanks Gents for the excellent info and response, I shall try it. I will also post pics of cane when its finished.
    Nast "T"
    Michael Farnsley
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    www.bohemianbrigade.com

    "Whose toils cheered the fireside educated provinces of rustics unto a bright nation of readers and gave incentive to narrate distant wars and explore dark lands"

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    Here he is, some say he looks like George Meade old gogled eye turtle.
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    Nast "T"
    Michael Farnsley
    aka Thomas Nast
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    "Whose toils cheered the fireside educated provinces of rustics unto a bright nation of readers and gave incentive to narrate distant wars and explore dark lands"

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    Very nice!

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