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Re: Oaxacan Wood Carvings - critters?

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Melissa Enderle (enderlml.wi.us)
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 07:35:58 -0600


>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?

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