"I don’t use exotics, I call these back yard exotics.  I don’t use soft woods because soft woods absorb flavors, colors, and they allow bacteria to grow inside the fiber of the wood.  Very unsanitary. Never use porous woods for any kind of utensils.  Cherry is one of the few woods that gets more beautiful as it ages.  Like I age. The more I age, the more beautiful I get.  Cherry is like that." - Jim