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Restoration of a large mahogony 40-year-old sunburned Tiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2009
Posts: 14
From: Long Beach California
Posted: 2009-08-22 11:21 pm   Permalink

There is an old Tiki-like carving I'm interested in fixing up; we purchased it directly from the carver in about 1969. It was soaked in Linseed oil for a few weeks before shipping it back home to California and has been sitting outdoors ever since for nearly half a century now. The statue has lost it's beautiful luster and has become rather grey, dry and brittle; even one of the fang-like teeth has become chipped.(I would like to post some pictures, but I have an Iphone right now and can't seem to post pictures with that at the moment.) My plan was to clean it up with some gentle soap such as Castile soap or Johnson's baby wash, possible using an old toothbrush of the crevices, and then to use Brazilian Rosewood Oil to give the wood some luster and protection. I'll probably leave the tooth as it is; not too sure about that. If anybody has any ideas, tips, suggestions or warnings, I would be very keen to hear them. Thanks for your time, ChuckM

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