Hi Guys, New to the forum. I was hoping for some direction and suggestions regarding a natural fork I recently brought home. The wood is beached and seems fairly dry and super hardened but am unable to identify the type of wood as of yet. First question: Despite some minor cracks and knots; is it salvageable/ usable? It has a great feel, nice grain and potential would hate to not be able to use it. (see pics below) Second question: Would soaking it in say minwax wood hardener, drying out for two days, and then filling the cracks in with and epoxy filler solve the problem? Third Question: Do I carve & sand out my basic desired shape before the steps mentioned in my second set of questions or only after? This is my first self made SS hence all the questions. Thanks in advance.