Bet ya'll think my favorite is Ash huh....
After building my son's kitchen and all his trim out of Ash....I've had enough of it.......for a while
I like Cherry for the smell and color and workability.
Working on B/E maple right now and although it is beautiful wood I am nervous about machining it, I'll take it slow and take my time,... sounds like I'm talking about the fairer sex in that description.
I've found for turning pens I like the dark exotics.
A very wise man once said.......
"I'll take my chances with Misseurs Smith and Wesson. "