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mot

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09-25-2018 02:52 PM

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Hi folks,

It’s been a long long time since I posted. I’ve been reading and viewing, with great interest, the topics and projects posted. Great job everyone!

I’ve been away from fine woodworking for several years. Life got in the way and due to a variety of circumstances, my shop got buried in clutter.

This weekend I dug it out and decided to play on the lathe a bit. I dug around in my project box and found a cocobolo wood blank that was already drilled, the tubes inserted and glued, and trimmed. I decided to toss it on the lathe and turned a pretty slimline pen. Most of the turning was done by my son who is 13 now and I lent him my respirator, smock and face shield.

That was the happy part of the story. I forgot how allergic I am to cocobolo. The reason that pen blank was ready to turn was likely due to me not wanting to go through the misery of contact dermatitis, swollen eyes and a general feeling of having rolled around in poison ivy. Well, you guessed it. I’m on day three of my misery looking like Rocky after his first fight with Apollo Creed.

I’d offer about 20 pen blanks of cocobolo to whoever wants them, but I’m not touching the stuff again.

I’m glad everyone is busy in their shops and turning out great projects!

Cheers!

Mot

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 09-25-2018 03:08 PM

Hi there Mot,

Good to hear from you. Sorry about the reaction to the wood!

Stay well my friend.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Fresch

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#2 posted 09-25-2018 03:12 PM

I’ll send you some gloves you send me some blanks! LoL
Looks like your setup for a purchase for your sons ppe.

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RobHannon

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#3 posted 09-25-2018 03:18 PM

I have not tried cocobolo yet, but bubinga and rosewood both make me miserable for 4 or 5 days. Next time I have a project with one I plan on starting an OTC allergy med for a couple days prior to see if it helps.

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 09-25-2018 04:30 PM

Do good to hear from you again. Sorry about that cocobolo reaction.
I’ve been doing some workshop archeology myself.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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TomFran

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#5 posted 09-25-2018 04:51 PM

Hey Mot,

Good to hear from you. I hope you get over your allergic reaction and can get back into your woodworking.

Take care!
Tom

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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USCJeff

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#6 posted 09-25-2018 05:32 PM

How unfortunate. My favorite species. I don’t work with it a lot or in great quantities as it’s not exactly cheap, but it turns well and made excellent chess pieces years ago. Walnut is what I have to be careful with. Love it and use it often. I don’t forget protection when using it though.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#7 posted 09-25-2018 07:54 PM

MOT !!!

As soon as I saw the title I thought, “isn’t there a story behind that?”
Yup
:)

13??! Wow

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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mot

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#8 posted 09-25-2018 08:52 PM

Nice to see the usual bunch of bandits respond!

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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mot

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#9 posted 09-25-2018 08:54 PM

Yes, Debbie, that little terrorist from my shop is now 13!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Karson

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#10 posted 11-29-2018 04:51 AM

Mot: I found the same problem the third time I turned it.
First time nothing
Second time some redness around the cuffs of the shirt.
Third time hands, neck face, and breathing problems.

Stayed away from pens. I’ve done a couple of small board pieces, Desk clock etc to use up some stock I had. But I did the sanding outside with lots of fans.

Keep well.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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xeddog

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#11 posted 11-29-2018 06:04 PM

Sorry to hear about your “affliction”. Do I assume you son didn’t have any negative reactions to turning it?

Wayne

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mot

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#12 posted 11-29-2018 06:30 PM

My son did not have any reaction, but it took a few exposures for my reaction to show up. I decided to deep clean the shop and rid it of all stock that I had in case his allergy appeared.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Mattg43

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#13 posted 11-29-2018 08:50 PM

This isn’t really encouraging – I just tried turning a pen last week, and about 24 hours later my eyes were super puffy, light rash on my forehead and cheeks, a bit more around my lips, and my forearms all had rash.

I was hoping it wasnt a reaction to cocobolo, but the more I read, the more I fear.

No reactions to it in the past year, quite a few pieces turned, but then I took a few months off of using it, and its like it was mad at me…

My next plan was to grab a piece, cut it with a hand saw, and push the cut against a patch of skin, and see what happened. I love the wood, so I want to make sure it is the problem before I do the same thing and get rid of all I have stashed.

Having just dealt with this, I wish you the best. For me, a Cortizone 10 Maximum “easy relief applicator” was handy.

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mot

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#14 posted 11-29-2018 09:30 PM

It sounds familiar to how my reaction started. The thing that gets me is I’m not allergic to contact with it. I am incredibly allergic to breathing in the dust and 2 days later BAM!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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TheFridge

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#15 posted 11-30-2018 06:08 AM

Sounds like I am one lucky SOB :) I’ve been shaping a handful of cocobolo saw handles. Haven’t worked with anything else yet that’s given me any kind of reaction :(

Man that sucks. It’s some wonderful stuff.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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