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    Hi All, A friend gave me some monkeywood. I am not familiar with it. Is it toxic or nasty in any way? Any hints would be great. Thanks

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    Re: Monkeywood

    I am not familiar with the toxicity of the wood, but I would imagine it gets fuzzy when irritated with a knife!

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      Re: Monkeywood

      I just spent a couple of hours searching the web for information, and didn't find much at all. : I don't think it is toxic because it can be put in a container with salamanders and newts for them to climb on. Also I saw a lot of references to sword and knife handles made from monkeywood.
      I hope that was helpful ???

      Donna
      Indiana USA&&http://pyrogite.tripod.com

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      • #4
        Re: Monkeywood

        Donna is correct, there is very little information available on Monkeywood. I bought some about a month ago but have not used it yet. I assume that you should take the same precautions as you would working with any exotic wood.
        Most sites that give information on wood toxicity are using industry studies from cabinet shops and furniture manufacturers; where exposure is intense.
        I wear a respirator and run my dust collector when sanding or sawing wood. Exotic or domestic, wood dust is not good for your lungs. :-X

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        • #5
          Re: Monkeywood

          :P Huh. And all along I thought monkeywood was those short, brown, wrinkly things you find on a jungle floor.

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            --&&Brian E&&

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              Re: Monkeywood

              Hey... is this related in any way to that snipewood I've been hearing about?
              ??? : ???
              ~Andrew&&King_of_Blades

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              • #8
                Re: Monkeywood

                I think you might be reffering to Monkey Pod

                'Pithecellobium saman'

                A beautiful shade tree, introduced to Hawaii in 1847, with large trunk and very broad arched crown of dense foliage. Trees can achieve heights of 50-75 feet, with a relatively short trunck of 2-4 feet in diameter.

                Sapwood of the monkey pod is yellowish and the heartwood dark chocolate brown to golden brown with darker streaks. The wood is moderately hard, lightweight and fairly strong. Monkey pod is resistant to decay and drywood termites. The wood shrinks very little and takes a finish beautifully, thus making great looking furniture and bowls.

                More can be read here:

                http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/si...bium/saman.htm

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