Yes it is painted and I did change the way I in which I
applied the paint. For this one I deluded down the color even more than usual
and when I apply the finish to it will probably do an antique coating style
While I am on the subject there is a lot of debate it seems
with the carving community over what finish to use and which one is better.
Many swear by the boiled linseed oil and many believe that there is a way to
apply a finish without using products that are combustible. This month in
Carving Magazine there is an article “Eco-Friendly Finishing” about this very
subject. There was also a great debate on the Woodcarving Illustrated messageboard back in 2006 that is still available and fun reading as well. People from
both sides chime in on this issue and from this you can see that there is not
only some debate but also some passion from both sides of this topic. So what finish
will I use on my carvings? Here is what I propose to do. I will apply one of
the two products and post the finished pictures and see if you can tell what
was used. I wonder if anyone can tell the difference, we will see.