hello everyone tonight

Well once again great responses--I actually never thought about ironwood it grew abundantly here a few years ago but like other types are beginning to get scarce- a good suggestion though!!

wild apple wood was another type of wood that has a very tight grain and might be a good suggestion also.

I believe that any type that you finally go to use needs to be well dried and cured to be of good service

Thanks to you all for coming on board, I hope we have been of service to those that might be following this thread--I AM LEARNING AS WELL