I bought a Native V a few months back intending to re-scale it with some wood. I tried several different woods, including stabilized redwood and stabilized maple burl - but none of them worked out. They were either too chippy or not strong enough at the desired thinness. I finally settled on an old piece of "True Mulga" from Mark at Its A Burl. The Mulga is a type of Australian desert Acacia, and is resinous, hard and very dense. I used the wood unstabilized and did not put any finishing coat on it - save for a polish with Renaissance Wax.

TedP