10+ years ago when I lived in the Forest of Dean I bought Bob a rather lovely present of a chainsaw carved deer and its baby. It looked superb in our front garden especailly as we fronted onto the forest.
Now in Staffordshire baby deer is long gone - eaten by rot. Mummy deer is currently standing on the front lawn with a nasty wound on her back (looks as if a dog took a bite but was also the rot) and she is no longer on her stand but now on her shortened legs.
Photo shows her now at the top as and she was in 2005 just after we moved here. She should have been better treated !
I wonder if it’s possible to spray all over with some sort of preservative, fill the shoulder ‘wound’ with a big lunp of filler and then give it lots of coats of good varnish ?
Failing that does anyone know anyone who makes anything like this. Since the front garden has been reworked the deer has at last found a lovely place to stand - but one of these days her legs will go and she will stand no more.