Many of the artifacts are made of wood and are kept outside in the elements. If you do not treat the wood you will have rot, checking, weathering and overall deterioration. To prevent this you can apply the following preventive solutions for the artifacts that are in the elements. This has worked well in some projects that I have been involved with such as bull wheels and stamp mill parts.
Aging New Wood: If you have new lumber and want to age it and also preserve it you can use a chemical called Life Time Wood Treatment. This chemical can be applied with brushes or spraying the solution and will turn the wood’s color to an aged shade when placed in the sun for a day or so. The solution will also preserve the wood. It is not sold in stores. The following information will help you acquire the chemical:
Life Time Wood Treatment
Schroeder Log Home
Wood Hardener: Once the wood has been aged or is already aged you can apply the Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer. This chemical is applied with brushes or spraying the solution and will give the wood a rock hard surface. This will protect your wood from rot, dry out and checking. It is not sold in stores. The following information will help you acquire the chemical:
Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer
Smith & Co