i have used madrona in the past it takes a long time to dry - years
mostly it doesnt show much grain and is very very hard wood. i found it a bit of a chippy wood to work with when you cut it but for some things it makes a nice accent wood or for making smaller things like jewery boxes. not too good for furniture as it often moves a lot when ripping due to how the trees grow in all sorts of angles which causes built in tensions in the wood. good idea to use a splitter with madrona
Ya I cut a straight log and could not believe the tension in the log -can only imagine the tension in a crooked piece! It actually lifted off of the stickers even with a heavy load onit. BUT it is perfect to power the boiler in my steam boat!