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What to look for in a wood carving

Posted by Richard Harrop on

What to look for in a quality wood carving.

  1. Quality of the wood – should be a fairly consistent colour. Large colour variation especially if large white patches, maybe an indication of immature wood being used. (Exception is the use of parasite wood and those most commonly used for dolphin statues.)
  2. Quality of the carving – Proportions and features should be correct and clear.
  3. Technical features – Obviously the more intricate and extensive the carving, is a good indication of the time and expertise involved, which will be demonstrated in the price.
  4. Weight – This can be a good indication of the quality of the wood, with simple carved pieces often using very light weight woods and should therefore be priced at the lower end of the spectrum.

All these factors need to be taken into consideration when comparing wood carvings, rather than merely using price as a comparison.