One of the hits — we can see about a dozen hits on the stick. (We call 'hit' one of the types of damage typical of the wood when the fibers are pressed and torn. It happens when the tree is felled onto another log or cliff.) If we bend a stick with heat it immediately cracks where the wood is hit. In my experience a stick with a hit can be bent without cracking if the wood is very fresh. At the end of the 1990s I saw one of the bows of Vadim Repin made by Nicolas Maire with so many hits. This bow type is very rare, since it is not common to use such wood for bow making. However, since usually the best wood is generally hit, sometimes masters try working with this wood.