Dice & Accessories
The wood dice and components we use require very little maintenance, but over time, it is possible that your wood pieces might need some love. This is easy to do by occasionally resealing and conditioning them with a touch of mineral oil.
- Place a small drop of oil in your hands.
- Pick up your wood pieces and vigorously rub between your hands.
- Pat dry using a paper towel.
The great news is that our decks of cards do not require any special care. However, the more love your give your cards, the better they will perform, and the longer they will last!
All hardwood objects have an optimal environment of cool, dark, and slightly humid, with minimal oxygen, so the most realistic storage location is inside the leather case, inside a game closet or cupboard. Another great location is inside a humidor, set to 35% humidity.
Our Hardwood Playing Cards were designed with regular use in mind. Their performance as playing cards is best when they're used often. The more you handle your cards, the more flexible the cards will become as the fibers relax from the repetitive motions and heat/oil from your hands. Upon using your cards for the first time, or after a long break between games, you will notice that the cards are a bit stiff, this will fade as you play, shuffle, deal, and play some more.
If you intend to store your cards for a long period of time, or for display, please keep in mind the ideal environment for them, and that it will take time to loosen them up once you are ready to play!
Over time, the natural oils in wood evaporate and must be replaced to keep the wood supple and flexible. On average, cards should be oiled every 6 to 12 months. When selecting a wood conditioner, look for a product that has a mineral oil base, and avoid oils with a plant or animal oil base as the fatty acids tend to weaken wood fibers. 100% Tung oil or 100% Teak Oil are the only exceptions - both of which are excellent oiling choices.
To recondition your cards, just rub a small amount of oil into your hands, then rub each card between your slightly oily hands, making sure to bend and flex a little as you do so. Pat dry with a soft, clean cloth, and lay flat until the "tacky" feeling is gone!
Wood is an odd material; it reacts to it's environment by swelling and contracting. On a large scale, we know this as creaking floorboards, doors that stick in the winter, and houses that "settle". When we scale wood down to playing-card size, we see this reaction as bowing / waving / bending. The most extreme bends happen when one side of the card contracts or expands more than the other side.
If you encounter a particularity bendy deck or card, give it some extra special loving. This method takes some time, but has a great result.
- Pour oil onto your hands and rub your cards until they are uniformly wet. (About 1 teaspoon of any mineral oil based wood conditioner, takes about 5 minutes).
- Bend each card individually by flexing it in all directions. There will be some cracking sounds, so be careful not to over-flex! (Takes about 2 minutes per card)
- Pat off excess oil with dry paper towels once all cards are uniformly flat.