I've been trying to find a good wood to make a spoon and a spatula from; something pretty, as it's intended as a gift. I had hoped to work with olivewood, but I haven't been able to find a good piece that's a suitable thickness; I'm hoping to find a thin stock piece, about 1/4" thick, for the spatula, as I don't have the tools to work it down from much bigger than that at the moment.
I've been able to find some other woods that look nicely striking, such as Bolivian rosewood and Cocobolo in a size that would work for me, but I'm not sure of their suitability for cooking implements; I nearly bought the former, but the guy I was going to buy it from suggested that because some people may have allergies to it, it may not be suitable. I also know that a friend of mine had suffered with an allergic reaction to cocobolo, which made me hesitant to consider that one.
So...are there any other good exotics for this that have a similarly pretty grain, but may be suitable for this sort of tool? I was very disappointed not to be able to use the olive, as it has such a pretty grain and such a good reputation for use in cooking implements; but I'm hoping to find something else that'll suit me instead, so please, make any suggestions you can think of!