Need to re-hydrate hickory backing?

DR
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DR
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Joined: November 12th, 2005, 5:43 am

March 9th, 2007, 6:28 pm #1

I'm getting ready to add hickory backing to a cherry board and am wondering if, before I start tillering, I should increase the hickory moisture content. It seems that our dry air can easily overdry bow woods. Ambient humidity here is typically in the low 20% range and the backing has been sitting for over a year and was already dry when I received it. If I should increase the moisure content, can I use tung oil instead of humidity?

Thanks,
Dave
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DrJag2
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March 9th, 2007, 6:34 pm #2

I get paranoid about overtreating staves with the heat gun when it really gets cold in the Winter. I usually just put staves on the basement bathroom next to the shower for a few days when they need to rehydrate. After a few showers or so, the wood is fine.
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village bowyer
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March 10th, 2007, 2:55 am #3

I thought hickory was one wood that could stand low humidity well.
Admittedly I read that Dan Perry of Perry reflexing fame sometimes wipes water over the backing. I can't remember if it was on a finished bow or during a glue up.
Hamish.
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