Special Announcement

Because of the short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday there will be no Wood Chip Chatter blog post on Friday, Nov. 26.  Wood Chip Chatter will return on Friday, Dec. 3 with more handy woodcarving information to help improve your knowledge and skills in the craft we all love.

At this time I want to wish all my loyal readers a very Blessed, Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

See you in December!

Keep a sharp edge and keep on carvin’!

I just had to do it!!!

Published by carverbobk

I’m a self taught award winning wood carver who has been carving since I was a teenager. I enjoy instructing other carvers, especially beginners.

7 thoughts on “Special Announcement

  1. Hi Bob,

    I’m a recent subscriber and look forward to future posts. If this is the right place to ask questions, then here is one – just when you get the chance. If not, I’ll check back on the website.

    I saw a recent post on using Mineral Oil vs Boiled Linseed Oil, which focused on the coloring and, of course, to some degree, on the potential dangers of BLO. Besides Mineral Oil, you mentioned Walnut Oil. I’ve also seen Danish Oil and Tried and True, and Tung Oil, usually in relation to treating furniture – so never was sure if it would work as a base for painting basswood figures.

    I wonder, then, if there is a way you could do a pros and cons for these? Are there any you would definitely rule out? I spent a fair bit of time a month or so ago trying to figure this out, because BLO worries me a bit, with its flammable nature, but I couldn’t find an alternative, so I bought some and have just been as careful as possible. And I never saw Mineral Oil as an option (until your blog), and I think the preference for BLO was drying time – is there a big difference?

    Sorry, longwinded. In brief:

    What are the advantages/disadvantages (or is it even an option) for BLO alternatives for treating basswood before painting:

    Mineral Oil
    Tung Oil
    Walnut Oil
    Tried and True
    Dutch Oil

    Hope that makes sense.

    Thank you!


    W. Todd Martin, PhD
    Chair, Department of English

    Huntington University
    2303 College Ave | Huntington, IN 46750


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