Working with bamboo cutting boards

Is it just me, or is bamboo very hard to work with. I cut out a design in 3/4 Walnut plywood that worked great, tried the same file on a piece of bamboo and it broke the bit and was generally not cutting well at all.

I think bamboo cutting boards use particularly tough bamboo because, well, cutting boards.

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What kind of bamboo? Is it stranded, strand woven (flooring) bamboo?
Strand woven bamboo is the hardest of woods!

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Strand woven it was.