Kim Taylor (from SDK supplies) wrote a very interesting article where rattan is mentioned
Personally I've been disappointed with oak, but that's only due to the way it's prepared nowadays
"normally" the wood would have to stay in water for a few weeks (months is even better...) for the resin to go away
then only the wood can be dried
what happens now is that the wood goes after the cut straight into ovens...
not the same thing...
If you can find wood prepared the "old way" then it's worth a try!
I like macassar ebony (south Asia) because it's heavy, rigid, and can be really nicely polished
it has a powerful feel the oak doesn't.
From what I've read here and there, I'd really like to try Lignum Vitae and hickory to compare with those I already know