Turning Archive 2005

bocote toxicity?

GaryG in MD
>I've been looking at wood toxicity tables to determine what woods I will not turn. I haven't been able to find out much about bocote. It's not in most tables.

I've found that if you've been sensitized to other woods like cocobola, you'll be sensitive to bocote. Some other bad reactions have been noted, but I can't get a good feeling for how common or uncommon these are or at what level of intensity. I'm not sure if it's just a dust problem, or if the wood itself is a sensitizer from just handling it.

I have a lot of allergies and don't want to take unnecessary risks, but bocote looks awfully nice, and I'd like to turn it if I could, within reason.

I'd like to hear what you all know about bocote toxicity. Is it, like cocobola, just better avoided, or, if I don't turn cocobola and rosewoods, is it ok to take a shot at bocote?

Thanks for your thoughts.


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