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yellowtruck75

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08-21-2011 12:38 PM

I am in the middle of a big art show selling Maloof inspired rocking chairs and wooden pens. I had a customer come to look at a pen and commented that he has a pen made out the vine from poison ivy. Has anyone ever heard of or seen this? Any pictures out there?


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derosa

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 12:44 PM

I have one time heard of this but can’t believe anyone would be dumb enough to do it. The roots and wood are just as bad as the leaves and in the case of the roots, worse. Filling a room with fine shavings seems like a good way to end up in the hospital.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 01:10 PM

Article: “Pens with Bite: Pens Made from Poison Ivy!” by John A. Styer (Maryland)

Article was published in the Fall 2007 issue of Woodturning Design (Issue #15). I still have the magazine sitting next to my recliner. There were a number of great, inspiring articles in this issue.

You may be able to order a back issue copy from www.woodturningdesign.com. I checked the website. They are still showing it available.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 03:30 PM

Great for poison pen letters, I presume.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 04:06 PM

man, I would love to see what that looks like! I just spent some time looking it up and I can’t find any pictures online, just references to the magazine article.

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TrBlu

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 08:00 PM

The pens look like they were made from fiery box elder. It has red and white streeks through it.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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pariswoodworking

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#6 posted 08-21-2011 10:45 PM

I have seen pens made out of just about anything you can imagine but never poison ivy. I world think that trying this like you would any other pen would cause a lot of painful itching. There’s probably some safe way to do it though. . TrBlu, I’ll have to backorder a copy too. Sounds interesting.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 08-21-2011 11:32 PM

im just itching to find out about this one…...maybe someone with an ivy league education can shed some light on this one…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 08-22-2011 03:04 AM

I saw the same article. The author stated thet the PI had to be COMPLETELY DRY to be safely turned. I don’t rember if he used a respirator or not, but would strongly recommend one. He reported no problems as long as it was dry. Pen turners are a different bunch, but then all woodworkers are strange. Who among us would turn down a opportunity to work with something so differrent?

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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lilredweldingrod

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#9 posted 08-22-2011 03:06 AM

Am I the only one NOT allergic to Poison Ivy? Everyone in my family is allergic to it but not me. I also have almost no reaction to ant, bee, wasp, or hornet stings.I attribute this to the fact When I was just walking, around 9 months old, I sat in a bed of red fire ants. I was stung between 200-300 times.I suppose the antibodies to the stings have some effect on the PI.

Maybe I’ll take up turning and make a pen for the ex-wife.

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