I use domestic close grained hardwoods. Apple, cherry, maples etc. Stay away from open grain and exotics.
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Ive used cherry, walnut, white and red oak, ash even a few clear dense pine ones. As far as the open grain of oak, it was actually really cool to see how the open grain on the end of the spatula. I used mineral oil coats, but with hot use while cooking and cleaning, eventually it will need refreshing. I have not had any issues with them, been at least 4 years of weekly use. Any fruitwood is considered safe in general. wenge, zebrawood and others pop up with a google search.
I have used red oak, poplar, soft maple, cherry, box eldar, bradford pear, sycamore and pine. Red oak seems to be little to opened grained for me. To be honest, I really like cherry. Bradford pear was really nice to carve. Soft maple was also nice to carve. Poplar and box elder tears a little too much for me, but I can live with it. Sycamore was pretty nice to carve.
I have used walnut and bradford pear to inlay in cutting boards and that seemed to work really nice.
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