I made a couple attempts to cut through the 1/4 inch piece, but i never got deeper than a scoring. I use this wood for knife scales and turning. Its incredibly dense. I could defiantly switch to something less dense and do it all in the forge. I am considering swapping it out for something engineered so i can get a pure white look because its supposed to be bone.
Your a hundred present right there is a way to do this all in the forge, but in my case since its a lesson for one of my students and the bulk of the forge work is me making the file the other tools make it his project. If you come up with a good wood/settings combo to cut 1/2 then I would love it if you post it back here. I will definatly try it.
I bought mine from wood craft but this is the stuff: tiger wood