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dannyr

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just seen this thread --- wow -- those are beautiful objects Robert - I hope you're keeping them - look good in that room.
I wonder if Hepworth or Brancusi saw such.
 

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Yes, they are stunning. I have sent pictures to a Company in Venice who used to make them in order find out the process. They are finished with mineral oil diluted 4:1 with turpentine (this they called straw oil, I know not why!). They are signed by Carli, 1961, (Giuseppe) who was apparently the last of a long line of masters carvers of forcola (Gondola rowlocks). Anyway, they are now sanded and ready for oiling (see below). Unfortunately, they are not owned by me; I have been asked to restore them, not something I normally do but they are spectacular. I will put the final pictures up on Instagram (@poshrobcom). Best, Rob.
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Yes, they are stunning. I have sent pictures to a Company in Venice who used to make them in order find out the process. They are finished with mineral oil diluted 4:1 with turpentine (this they called straw oil, I know not why!). They are signed by Carli, 1961, (Giuseppe) who was apparently the last of a long line of masters carvers of forcola (Gondola rowlocks). Anyway, they are now sanded and ready for oiling (see below). Unfortunately, they are not owned by me; I have been asked to restore them, not something I normally do but they are spectacular. I will put the final pictures up on Instagram (@poshrobcom). Best, Rob.
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Having said all that, I might try and make some of my own or thereabouts!
 

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For the toys I make I have always used a thin water white food safe mineral oil I get from a local oil merchant. It dries over a day or so and oly cost about £3 / liter. Cheap enough to have a pail of it to fully immerse the wood in for a quick soak.
 

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They have turned out fantastically richard, you must be well chuffed with them. Hope the client does too
 

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Who's Richard? Did you mean me?
Yes, they are wonderful I really don't want to give them back but I must. I shall call the Client today.... later on!
Best, Robert.
 

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Who's Richard? Did you mean me?
Yes, they are wonderful I really don't want to give them back but I must. I shall call the Client today.... later on!
Best, Robert.
Yes sorry brainfart on my part, I know a richard carter :rolleyes:
 

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