It was exciting to bend cocobolo for the first time- one of the most dense woods I've ever worked with! It rang like a marimba bar when struck, and planed smoothly, but I dreaded the actual bending. Then- surprise!- it bent so smoothly!! Perhaps the best wood I've ever bent. I absolutely love bending the wood, by hand, over my propane fueled bending pipe. At any rate, I was surprised, but ended up with the smoothest sides.