Updated February 3, 2018
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Question: What kind of wood do you use?
WG: Many kinds can be used but the wood must be receptive to carving (not too hard) and sturdy (not too soft). Often I use basswood, white pine, or tupelo.
Question: Why don't you sell your carvings?
WG: I've had lots and lots of people ask to buy them but and I'm flattered. It is just that I like to retain the privilege of giving them to those I wish to have them.
Question: What does the sealing do?
WG: Sealing is a very important part of the process. I've used a lot of sealing products and find that the one that does the best job with the least potential for negative results is Testor's Dull Cote. A very small application will permanently transform the acrylic finish from its porous state to a nice flat finish while keeping the nuances of my shading and blending of color.
Question: What kind of paint do you use?
WG: I use acrylic paints because of their miscible nature, blending easily and fully. An important quality in any paint that I use is that it retain its true color as it dries.
Question: How long does it take to complete one of your carvings?
WG: If I knew, I'd probably never carve another. Seriously, a piece takes hundreds of hours. First there is the meticulous carving and shaping; then there is the very fine detail produced by the wood-burning; this is eventually followed by the painting, the color washing, the shading, and the sealing. It is a very time-consuming process and cannot be rushed.
By the way, this is usually the very first question I get.
Frequently Asked Questions
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