I saw an article recently about conditioning hooks and I got to wondering where to find the beeswax. I appreciate your guidance.
>>>When using wood hooks, I'd NEVER recommend using water for cleaning. If there are any little cracks or bare wood exposed to water, the grain will swell and you could ruin the hook/needle.
My hooks are finished with a "General" brand polymerized oil, which I think, leaves a little harder surface than say, Danish Oil, so you can recondition my hooks using the poly oil if you have some handy. That'd probably work even better than the beeswax. But in either case (beeswax or poly oil) do like the Karate Kid...clean cotton rag, rub oil/wax on... and don't just dab it on, RUB it on. Rub hard enough to warm the hook. Then take another clean cotton rag and rub it off... no need to wait for drying. Again, burn some calories while your doing it... warm the hook, get into your aerobic phase. You'll be very pleased with the results.
Its possible you'd get different advice from other hook makers, but the above is what's worked for me.