Oil on wooden flutes, questions and concerns.
Hello all, few questions about oiling flutes.
I know that long term oiling of wood, talking six months or more, can allow the oil to soak into the wood and make it pretty impervious to the elements. This is a technique used with some practice weapons for martial arts, and I will admit I am fond of it. I would be curious what effects this would have on a flute, and perhaps in the future might do so to another flute or talk with same maker about doing for me.. With our wooden flutes, We obviously can’t soak them for quite that long or We’d never get to play them. I don’t exactly have a visual indicator of oiling my flute, so I need to feel to see if the wood is slippery. Is it possible to overoil a flute and what might the effects be? Thus far I am following the oiling instructions from the maker, usually leaving the oil to soak in overnight cause it is a new flute. I haven’t yet taken a Q-tip and oiled the holes themselves, though I might start making this part of the oiling rutine. Any advice or tips and thoughts here? I’m just trying to get into good practice so I can keep and maintain my first wooden flute. I oil both the inside and outside of the flute, making s