I have now read twice in your books that the bow is treated (waxed, oiled?) to keep the moisture in the bow. I have not heard this anywhere else and indeed as a user of the longbow, I have been told that it is more important to keep the moisture out, which was why the staves were seasoned for so long!
I'd be interested to have you comments.
Many thanks and keep up the good writing!
PS We have just visited Babbenbug recently - what a super place and location!
It needed a certain amount of moisture (thus waxing it to keep it in) but too much and it would lose much of the flexibility (thus waxing it to keep the moisture out). A Goldilocks answer.