After purchase it is important to keep up with maintenance of the carving to ensure it last for generations. To reduce the risk of checking, keep out of direct sun light. If this in not feasible it is important to treat the carving with a top quality U.V. resistant wood finish every one or two years. (Make sure the carving can dry for 48 hrs after application) Indoor carvings require less maintenance; they can be dusted and waxed just like wood furniture and Polyurethane varnish seems to work better for inside carvings. In the winter, homes can become very dry with heating systems. A humidifier can help reduce the risk of checking.
If you have any questions, please contact us. I hope you have many years of enjoyment with your new carving.