Cherry is a pretty easy wood to secure, and the cost factor is lower than many other species of wood, very easy to work and looks beautufil when done correctly, walnut, I have found and many of friends that make custom archery longbows, have found it to be a little more brittle and of course more expensive, but if done properly will hold up quite nicely, a little differnt color tone, than a lot of the manufactures considered the 'right' color.

Dave Parker
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