Restoration & Aftercare


Following a regular treatment plan and paying attention to the environmental conditions in which you keep your carving will help it to stay beautiful for many years

Decking oils deep penetrating formula feeds the wood and restores the natural oils lost through weathering. It leaves a natural looking finish and the carving nourished and protected.

Keep carvings away from direct sunlight and if taking indoors store in a cool location.

Ensure good drainage if kept outdoors.


If you own a wooden sculpture that has developed cracks or splits that just plainly spoil the image for you, please do not panic.

It is very common for wood to split if the wood is not properly seasoned prior to being sculpted or if it is brought into a warm environment to soon.

This being said, it is not the only reason.

For example, I had carved a piece from Oak (a very hard wood) that had been seasoning for over 3 years. This is longer than is generally thought necessary. However, a month or two after the carving was finished the piece was moved to its new location. Here it was baked in the sun daily for a number of months. On return I was quite shocked at the level of cracking despite the warm position.

I am happy to say that the same piece is now restored back to the original condition and with just over a year now since it has not cracked again.

I also have a growing number of satisfied customers who now have restored sculptures both indoors and outdoors.

Sometimes cracks and splits do not spoil the overall aesthetics of an item, however if they do it may seem like money wasted. Cracks and splits can never be predicted, however techniques are used to attempt to avoid future problems.

I use the best quality materials when attempting any restoration project. Close attention to detail is paid with particular attention focused on seamless sculpting with high quality finish and patenation.

Please call or e-mail for any information and details on TRIBALANIMAL restoration services.


As wood is liable to crack under certain circumstances, I cannot guarantee the sculptures will not crack or split in places. However, attempts are  made to avoid this happening with the use of sealant products. Having made this disclaimer, please see above :)


Dragon at Leeds Castle 2017

TRIBALANIMAL : Carving wood and creating tree art since 2011

Steve Andrews

September 2011, I made an impulse decision to buy a chainsaw and start sculpting with it.


I have always loved the characteristics of wood and have dreamed of having the patience to sit and enjoy the craft. I have reached a point in which I have gained some of the patience skills I need, to teach myself.


I hope that you will enjoy following my continuing learning and development and will support my work by purchasing anything you like:)


Lee Fletcher ,leef

Has been carving wood for the past twenty years with chisels by hand ,old wise facees and figures , but allways hoped to produce larger sculptures one day, that day came when this old soul met another old soul and he showed him the way , so much love to steve , for this blessed opertunity x so please injoy my gallery and feel free to contact me , only if you are a lover of nature ;)x


Other Stuff Chainsaw Carving Process


Using a chainsaw is dangerous and should not be used without proper instruction.

Carving with a chainsaw is absolutely brilliant if you like sculpting with wood. The modern chainsaws are very powerful but relatively easy to handle and give the sculptor the ability to remove wood quickly. I started with a Stihl 181 saw but adapted it by attaching a carving bar. Now I have multiple saws with varied types of bar and chains.

The chainsaw can be used to perform many different tasks such as, cutting, boring (with a carving bar attachment), planing, chipping, smoothing and more.

I tend to use the chainsaw to quickly remove the majority of the wood and then begin using other cutters, grinders and hand tools to form the details.

We are located at:


Howfield Woodyard Howfield Lane

Chartham Hatch, Canterbury


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