We have quite a collection of palm trees growing in the garden and this time of year they have all flowered and have fruit. I marvel at how rugged the leaves are, they seem to be indestructible. For instance, I have been submerging a big leaf in a bath of water for the past 3 days in the vain the hope that it will soften so that I can cut it. No such luck, whatever part is not completely submerged merely dries out again. They defy science!
So, as part of my current palm leaf mission I have resorted to using more manageably sized ones. These work really well as bowls and mini sculptures because they hold their structure.