I recently commented on an article written in Finewoodworking On-line concerning “Spalted Wood” written by Sara Robinson. “(copywrite; finewoodworking magazine on-line may, 2009). She basically said that spalted wood was not harmful to humans. If you were turning it or if it was just laying around in your shop or house. I agree that it isn’t harmful if lying around. The dust however, I’ve had personal experience with a couple years ago with an allergic reaction to, after turning some the night before. Now I had taken all usual precautions like dust mask, paper, regular plastic shield, glasses, long sleeves. I woke with my eyes glued shut and a rash on my face and arms and hands. I went to my eye Dr. and she was at a loss until she said it looked like some kind of fungus. Then Bam, it hit me, I knew spalted wood was caused by a fungus. I told her about it, she prescribed creams, eye drops and I was like new in a few days. I still dress like a mummy when I turn spalted wood and wear a resperator. Anyway she came back at me quit rudely. The last thing I said was just ask a Doctor. She basically said I didn’t know what I was talking about and her last statement was” just ask any Mycologist.”Never hearing that term before I looked it up, it said in the dictionary, “Mycologist- is a botonist who specializes in the study of fungi.” Well, I guess she told me off. So the next time I or any of you have an allergic reaction to spalted wood go see a mycologist. Just kidding. See a Dr. Well I feel vindicated by this months article in Wood Magazine. (copywrite; Wood Magazine July 2009) Quote “Because sawdust from spalted wood has been known to cause severe respiratory or skin reactions, many woodworkers known to take extra precautions, such as supplementing a dust-collection system with a properly fitted dust mask, when working with it. Well Sara, you can go see your Mycologist when you get sick, can’t breath, can’t see a thing, they can tell you what kind of fungus you have and maybe you’ll feel better, probably not. Me, I’ll go to the Doctor.
-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -