Ironically, the river thawed and it rained, a lot. It flooded the low lying areas of our town. No real damage but it was the highest water around here in the last 30 years or so.
I sealed the guitar with 2 part epoxy....just a thin watery coat massaged deeply into the fibers of the wood. I'll do this several more times before complete. It knocked all the orange off the Padauk and settled it down.
Fitted the heel cap with the dirtiest thumbnail ever.