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"I've never heard of anyone making a softwood recorder!"

"Softwoods are difficult to make into hollow tubes."

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for - soft, easy to work quite durable, inexpensive and fast-growing.
against - not hard enough for some jobs, not durable enough to be used outdoors, not waterproof, difficult to hollow out.

Did you know? Softwood trees like pines grow very quickly - if they are replaced when cut down, they can be a more environmentally friendly way of using wood.
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