I am brand new at wood turning. I have only turned cork,EVE and hypolan. I thought i would give wood a try so i could make wooden reel sears. I have purchased a coupe of gouges and a parting tool. I did a test piece and it went pretty well, But then i tried a piece of Maple it was very hard to drill for my mandrel. I put it on the mandrel and have tried to turn it. I think it took the edges off my gougers when i lowered the gouge to turn. Is Maple really that hard or am i just to stupid to figure it out.