Turning Archive 2008

Olive Wood Question

Ron In Sterling CT
>In the spring of 2007 an olive tree was cut down in the complex where we winter in Scottsdale, AZ. I got several pieces of the log about 16 inches long and 7 to 9 inches in diameter. I painted the ends and put them on our patio to dry over the summer. About a month ago I cut several of them into 5/8 inch slabs on the band saw with the intention of making some boxes. Man what beautiful grain. I also cut several turning blocks out of some of the log. I just receieved an email from a friend who was told by a turner that "the wood is POISON. It is an irritant to the skin when touched and the dust is harmful to the lungs". I have never heard anything like this before about olive wood. Can any of you knowledgeable people shed any light, good or bad, on this subject? I have also posted this on the main message board.

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