Environment: Wooden Men/Muks are recommended as with any fine wood object or furniture should be keep in a controlled environment or air conditioning with controlled humidity. Outside temperature and humidity changes are not good and can cause cracking or splitting or checks.
Laminated Muks: All Muks currently are laminated and made from kiln dried wood. Kiln dried wood is low in moisture content and cracks or checks is very rare.
Solid Muks: Cutaway products is in the process of making a few solid woods Muk Jongs. The wood for these has been slow drying for years. All solid wood Muks sometimes or most of time will have splits or checks. For this reason lamination of wood is a superior product.
Finishing: Cutaway products uses "Tung Oil" for all wood products and recommends reapplying as needed. More applications will produce more of a shine or sheen. Other finishes are available or can be made finish free and sold unfinished if specified.