>A few years ago I bought a wonderful Oaxacan dragon wood carving >and noticed that there was what looked like dust under it--I cleaned >it up and was offended at my children only to find another pile of >"dust" under it the next time I looked. I finally examined it closely >and discovered little holes all over it--seems I bought some little >critters with the piece. My house is wood so naturally I freaked and >took it to the local ag guy who sent it off to find it was full of >wood boring beetles. He had me seal it up in plastic ware--air tight, >and put in a freezer for 3 months to make sure it killed the things. Sid
I read somewhere that the wood that the Oaxacans love to use for the
carvings does pose a challenge for them regarding critters. If I remember
correctly, they have to use the wood fairly shortly after harvesting it,
or the certain critters like to consume the wood. I havenšt heard of any
problems after this point. I donšt know, maybe the paint or something
else they do is supposed to stop that problem?