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    :'( The beginning carvers have stumbled onto the subject of wood toxicity. I know that I have a chart around here someplace. There should be a page on it in WCI, but maybe it was just in the Power Carving freebie I got with a 2 yr. subscription. Some of that innocent looking wood like walnut, can kill you if you're power-carving without a mask and/or dust collector. pineyknot

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    Re: Wood toxicity

    Hey, just examine the trunk for termite holes. If it isn't killing them, it shouln't hurt us, right? Right?



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      Re: Wood toxicity

      A good book with plenty of information would be Identifying Wood by Bruce Hoadly. Alternately you can check and search the CFR 29 for wood exposure limits.

      For some quick advice if you carve domestic wood (wood grown in US) you are probably ok. If you get into wood from South America etc you are getting into tropical plants that are sometimes toxic.

      As for Walnut being poison, walnut shavings are actually toxic to horses, and therefore most farmers do not want any unknown wood chips for the horse bedding.

      Believe it or not potatoes that are not ripe (greenish) actually are mildly poisonous.
      --&&Brian E&&


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