I have been practicing carving some wooden spoons using my grab box of basswood and have decided that I would like to try to make a nice set of salad spoons. I would like to use a wood that is more figured and colorful than basswood. I do not have access to a band saw and have been using a drawknife to shape out my practice spoons. Would using something like cherry or maple to hard for hand carving? Will I need to use mallet and chisels? I saw a nice piece of spalted maple at Woodcraft today and was wondering if spalted woods cause issues in carving. Is there any toxicity issues using spalted materials?