Almost any wood will do -- some better than others -- all have their unique characteristics.
Most hard woods will resist marring better, but not all of them! For instance, Balsa is a hard wood, but it sure wouldn't resist denting! It all depends on what you want to use it for.
A very nice wood. A pain to harvest, as it's so full of very sticky sap, but once dry it is light, strong and looks nice. I've got a big sapling I just harvested a month or so ago, will make a nice stick and a cane. It's starting to dry now. I'll take the bark off very soon before it gets too dry, but after it stops actively oozing sap.
This eastern red cedar worked out nicely for my wife. I finished it with 100% pure tung oil, reapplying every few weeks until it wouldn't take any more and then where too much had been applied, it had a waxy coating. I removed that with 0000 steel wool.
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