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#1 posted 09-15-2011 03:26 PM

Mahogany—it started with the feeling I had grit in my eyes. I was a couple months into a big job of making and installing moldings, cabinets, wainscoting and an ornate stair case. Then one morning I woke with my face so swollen I could barely open my eyes. My face looked like I had a severe chemical burn and, a little later, a couple layers of skin peeled off. I went to my doctor and asked him to get me through that job, I still had about $10,000 worth of mahogany stacked on the floor. With steroids, barrier cream, protective clothing and a respirator I finished the job. It wasn’t a good time and I don’t work mahogany any more.

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