At the last gun show I went to I picked up a very nice ( I think) hand carved bow. This bow is as simple as it can get carved from a single piece of wood. It is a long bow style and seems as light as a feather.
It is marked 50# @ 28".
What I am wondering is should I treat the wood with some kind of preservative? There seems to be no finish on it just plain carved wood. I do not know what kind of wood it is but was told from the man I got it from that they are hand carved by someone in Oregon.
I have not fired it yet but did string it and draw it just to see if it would creek or pop or make some disturbing sound but it did not and just acted as a well mannered bow should.
I want to keep it that way so if I should be treating the wood so it will not dry out I would like to know about it.
Thanks in advance for all help and comments and even for the humerous wise cracks. Go ahead I can handle it.