Originally Posted by tail of the pool
No doubt these are beautiful pieces of art, I am curious as we fishermen are usually wet from the tips of our toes to the top of our heads on a regular basis is there any long term or short term detrimental affects due to moisture.
Thanks in advance
LOL! Im usually always wet from mid-thigh down.
Of coarse Id guess 10% of the time everything gets a bit soaked.
I build my boxes to be used! The vast majority of them have a minimum of 5 coats of SPAR Urethane. This provides a very high level of moisture/heat protection. These boxes here will not take the SPAR because it reacts with the natural oils in the wood. These oils are a natural protectant. These woods are what natives historically dug out for canoes. So I am confident they can be lovingly used like the others.
I have been using my wood boxes for years. The only issue Ive had was a day I fished all day in the pouring rain, wading Puget Sound. I like to leave my box open overnight to dry my flies. When I went to do that, I noticed the box had warped a little and wouldn't close all the way. That night I left the box next to a heat register in the house to dry gently. In the morning it was 100% returned to perfect condition, and remains that way to this day.
You should NEVER try to dry out a box quickly with a hair dryer or convection heater or something similar.
I include a business card in every fly box which reads on the back side...
"Although Flygrain wood boxes are built to very high standards and to withstand common use, they are 100% real wood. It is recommended to treat them with care regarding extreme moisture and heat exposure so their beauty and functionality lasts a lifetime"