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I have taken off a few days from work. This break has been good, rejuvenating, and most importantly, given me the time to work on several home projects that I had put off for years. So every day, I have been working on a home improvement project; it’s refreshing, and raring to go back to work.
The project I worked on today was to restore a Ganesha wood statue. We bought this Ganesha statue at an exhibition in Safina Plaza in 2004 on Ganesh Chaturthi day; it wasn’t planned. We LOVE the statue and would never to part away with it.
The issue is within months of buying we noticed cracks and soon realized it was infested with termites. Over the years, I have tried several remedies to get rid off the termites but to no avail. The longest termite-free period has been over the past 1 year and I noted a few weeks back that they have resurfaced. This one experience has made me wary of buying wooden pieces at exhibitions. I frequent the several exhibitions that happen at Bangalore as you can see from my Facebook or Instagram feed. I don’t do posts on them anymore because one, they are repetitive and second, there are so many that happen. Sometimes, I go to 3-4 exhibitions in a month. In August, there was Dastkar, Sampoorn Nature Bazaar, and one from Cottage Industries.
Back to Ganesha, we have been told that keeping broken pieces at home captures negative energy. We have come so close to giving it away many times but I really really feel a connection and have kept it.
I treated it with wood cure yesterday and left it as is. Today I noticed termites crawling out that I’ve never noticed before so I’m hoping it is a good sign. I’ve also painted it with Asian Paints’ Touchwood. I’ve seen sellers using Touchwood to get the shine back at exhibitions, so that’s something you can use if you have any old wooden artifacts and don’t wish to retain the rustic look.
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