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I'd speculate that soft/big leaf/western maple would stand a better chance of long tern survival then cherry or hard maple or walnut. Proof is in the pudding though.Do you think maple will void splitting with the VC's heat?
It's worth remembering that all woods are much much stronger in compression then tension. The challenge is how to add a tension ring that is a visually pleasing. Doing the finished bore for the tip when the blank is very dry will help prevent splitting too. Within limits that will mitigate having the wood shrink around the tip creating a tension failure.
Sad truth is that wood not an ideal in this application. Stabilized wood bring some advantages I'd expect but it's "woodness" is mostly lost.
ETA: Kiln drying leaves wood more prone to splitting. AKA weaker in tension.