I absolutely am being won over by this wood!!! I'm in the middle of tillering a big elb from sassafrass not even going to back it, and it's cracked all the way down the back. I filled the crack with hot hide-glue 3 days ago, sanded it down , then coated in several layers of lacquer. Now it's all just belly reduction and fixing some stiff spots. It is currently over 80# at 24", ( no full drawing until I'm satisfied with tiller).