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Low Humidity and Workability of Wood

I live in Las Vegas and wondering if anyone has the same problem.  During the summer the humidity in my shop is 1-6% and it seems the wood becomes very brittle.  I use mostly Basswood for picture frames so there's not a lot of space for carving.  I've heard of "spritzing" the wood with denatured alcohol and water -- does that help carving dried wood?  I know people who have driven to coastal areas of California to purchase wood and can hear it cracking in the back of their van on the trip back to the desert!!  Any suggestions appreciated -- John