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Birch ken gone frail... due to break from playing it?

Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by sammelkorn, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. sammelkorn

    sammelkorn Member

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    Hey everyone,

    so I have a birch GTBH that I got about a year ago. When I got it, I played almost exclusively that kendama, but after 5 months or so I started playing it a lot less, so much that it ended up lying around a long time.
    I'd also treated the wood with a mix of coconut oil and beeswax.

    Now that I’ve picked it up again, it seems so brittle - the cup rims get porous wounds really easily now when the hit the tama or the corners of the wooden tiles of my floor.
    I’m pretty sure the ken was a lot less sensitive when I got it… Could it be that the break of playing it made the wood go weak?

    I must say the air is a bit dry at my place from using the heating a lot as it’s cold here, but the surface of the birch wood doesn’t seem dry at all. The wounds do, though, when they appear. I also tried kenditioning the wood again generously, but it doesn’t seem to have helped…

    Any insight would be great. If I don’t find out anything, I guess i’ll just slay it for the time it has left.
     
    Dec 12, 2018
  2. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    I'm by no means an expert on wood, but an arid environment does do a number on the durability of wood. Try treating again with oil and beeswax to see if its durability will return. :)
     
    Dec 25, 2018
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  3. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    From what I understand organic oils are not usually your friend, at least in large amounts, since they can spoil over time.

    There's a bit more info about wood treatments over here: Shades of Grain
     
    Dec 25, 2018
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  4. Rosenberg

    Rosenberg Member

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    How many people condition their kendamas? I didn’t think it was that common
     
    Dec 26, 2018
  5. Jasper B.

    Jasper B. Slayer

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    A lot of people started doing it more recently. I feel like it became more of a thing when findyourwings created "kenditioner"
    (http://findyourwingsco.com/shop/premiumkenditioner)
    I personally have a can, and it definitely works in bringing out grain of interesting woods. It also darkens the natural wood, sometimes creating a really pleasant color like what I have found with walnut.

    Treating kendama woods is not yet a norm, but plenty of people do it, and its definitely a way to breath some life into your kendama.
     
    Dec 27, 2018
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  6. Rosenberg

    Rosenberg Member

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    Does it alter the characteristics of the kendama? As in more grip, less grip?
     
    Dec 27, 2018
  7. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

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    Depends on the conditioner you use and the way you condition it! I use a store-bought mixture of lemon oil and beeswax, and the first time I tried to condition a kendama, I ruined it because I put on too much and I didn't propery dry the kendama before using it.

    Check out this thread in The Lumber Yard for more info! :)
     
    Dec 27, 2018
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