That's what I've heard too. It should be a pretty dense wood, which I think this is although I'm not sure exactly what kind it is. I am a tiny bit worried about chemicals and whatnot in it. I did carve/sand off all the outside parts though, because that's where I assumed they would most likely be. I think it'll be OK though. He's had his ears stretched a really long time so I know there aren't any open wounds or anything. I've also seen people stick some crazy shit in their ears which seems much less safe than this.
Thanks for the compliments everyone! You guys are sweet. I need to start posting more instead of just being shy and lurking.