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May 29, 2012

Repairing Buddha

A friend of mine brought this to me to do a repair, it is not terribly old, the carving is good but not great and it suffered from a seasoning check.  It may have cracked shortly after being carved, as it is carved from a round log of wood.

It had been ‘repaired’ at least twice, the first time with some sort of colored clay that almost matched the crack.  It had then been worked over with what looks like a wax furniture repair stick, the lighter color.

The crack goes from the toes to the top of the head.  The first repair was almost undetectable, especially under the bright orange wax work.

Using a thin pallet knife and small needle, I removed the previous ‘repairs’.  I also used an old toothbrush to clean off any residue.

I will mix up some Beaumontage with dry powdered pigments and fill the crack.  I choose not to replace the missing with wood as I think the crack will continue and this ‘repair’ can be easily redone in the future.



  1. Sage advice!

    Comment by Tico Vogt — May 29, 2012 @ 9:59 am

  2. Confucius say, “Man who create statue with round log of wood have lifetime of repair work ahead of him.”

    Comment by thekiltedwoodworker — May 29, 2012 @ 11:01 am

  3. Hello Stephen,

    I couldn’t find a “contact me” tab on your website. I hope this message find you.

    I’m a follower of your blog and I’m aware of your fondest for hide glue and loathing of modern glues. I had to send you this link:


    It concerns the restoration of an ancient book that had been repaired with PVA glue. The video runs for about 15 minutes but I think it will be worth your and your readers time as it extolls your philosophy (well, as much as I can glean from your writings).


    Paul (in Australia)

    Comment by Paul — May 29, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  4. Of course, that should have been fondness not fondest.

    Comment by Paul — May 30, 2012 @ 1:42 am

  5. Has your friend considered the possibility that the crack is the result of some present life transgression or even payback from a past life failing coming due? If it cracks again, best leave it so. Buddha may be trying to say something.

    Comment by Gary Roberts — May 30, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

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