A neighbor cut down a poplar tree last year due to a lighting strike. He sawed up the (rather large) tree into into 4" x 4" timber 8 feet long to use for a large shed he was building. My neighbor had some 4"x4" cutoffs in different length's and he offered them to me. My question is since I'm new to bowl turning, is poplar good wood to practice on since the wood does not have a lot of pretty wood grain? It looks like to me it would be a good wood to Stain. What are your thoughts? Thanks and happy turning.