Caring for a Go board
How can one improve the lifetime of a goban?
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Q: Is it a good idea to keep a goban with some dessicant as used in electronics equipment?
Q: Is it better to keep a goban in a box, or leave it exposed to air?
- keep in an enclosed case, possibly with a source of water (glass, container, ?)
- avoid dry conditions
- wood can warp (think also of transport between regions of different humidity). a tatami mat can help stabilising the goban.
Q: Obviously extremes are always to be avoided; but how far can one go without risking (permanent) warping/cracks...
- avoid excessive temperatures
Q: has light a desirable effect on wood? or should it be avoided?
- avoid sunlight
- for softer woods (such as kaya, between soft-hard), avoid dents (especially thicker stones) ( rgg, but to be confirmed). Another reason not to throw the board against the wall, denting the wall and the board prior to uppercutting your opponent...
- wipe off after use
- oil of black stones can stain the board - keep stones clean (see also caring for go stones)
- if putting goke on the goban, be careful not to damage wood or lines
- on traditional gobans, lines are lacquered: handle with care
- use a vegetable-based oil to clean it (kaya oil is available in some areas: e.g. https://www.maekawa-kayagoban.co.jp/SHOP/gf00010.html)
- reapply wax (if provided) once a year
- See also Surface Finish - difficult and not recommended unless done profesionally
- What you're trying to do with the oil is to replenish the board's moisture, to make sure the outside doesn't get substantially dryer than the inside.( RGG)
- Wax suppliers
- remove the wax? -> DON'T