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.