I use a lot of spalted woods that are fairly soft, but hard as a rock after I stabilize them in cactus juice. I have some stabilized corn cob scales coming. Hard wood without stabilizing them are not all that, unless they are an oily type wood. Wood will expand and contract depending on humidity and have a tendency of cracking and splitting.
God is good always; always, God is good!
"If thou wilst a keen edge win
forge it thick and grind it thin"