I recently acquired a second hand box of exotic tropical hardwood blanks (1.5" x 3" bottle stopper blanks) that are entirely encased in fairly thick wax, on all sides, with the thought that they could be used for knife handles. The shipping label says they were bought in 2008, so they are about 5 years old, but they have been in wax the entire time. I'm assuming they were wax coated because they were at least somewhat green, possibly very green. They were bought by the original purchaser as an assortment box, one of those 50 blanks for $100 deals that many wood suppliers have.
So my question to you fine people is this: Should they be dry yet? do waxed blanks dry at all in 5 years, or are they as green as the day they were coated. I'd hate to start making things with them, only to watch them warp and crack. How should I proceed? Go ahead and use them? remove wax from side grain and let them sit for a while?