Re-hydrating a Very Dry Bow Stave?

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Re-hydrating a Very Dry Bow Stave?

toxophileken
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toxophileken
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July 10th, 2018, 11:11 pm #1

I know this has been discussed before, but I thought I'd reintroduce the topic.

I have a very dried out, but otherwise high quality yew stave that was given to me by a friend.  It feels super light compared to what it should for its ring count.  It has been stored in a very dry place (garage in the desert, not mine) for years.

Any thoughts on, first, is it possible to successfully rehydrate a stave like this; and, second, best method.

Not any sort of emergency, but I'm hoping Tim Baker or Steve Gardener (among others) will chime in.

I've been contemplating tying some weights to it and sinking it in the pool for a couple days or a week, then storing it in my controlled humidity wood shed to re-stabilize it at a more reasonable moisture content.

My guess is that chance of bacterial decay is slight, due to the nature of yew and how dry it was where it was stored.  I believe I have heard Tim talk about wood cells being collapsed and so damaged as to be unrecoverable as bow wood, but I could be remembering incorrectly...

Ken
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