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Old 01-25-2008, 02:23 PM
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I heard somewhere that Poison Ivy has a beautiful grain. Has anyone here ever tried it (with extreme caution of course)?
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Nope, Highly allergic to the stuff!
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Never saw any of it bigger than a vine? not sure why anyone would try to mess with it?
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You can find the vines a good 3" in diameter. I'm highly allergic as well, but I had heard and so wondered....
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You must be kidding lol just inhaling the stuff could make you sick ,I just have to be in an area where it grows ,and I break out ,
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Kinda like carving moose antlers while the moose is still sporting them.
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It is a very pretty wood. We've been clearing some property where there are vines about 4 inches in diameter. It sort of looks like a very darked grained butternut. I too am very alergic to it so stay away from it but I did notice the inner wood as we were pulling it out of the trees with the tractor. That stuff is tuff! Believe it or not our place here is called Scratch Hollow due to all the ivy around and the numerous doses we've gotten from it over the years. If you look at my carved sign out front on the fence you'll note some Poison Ivy leaves I made from metal and attached.

As an added note, if you're allergic to it and think you might have gotten into some the best thing to use to wash it away is Goop hand cleaner. It is one of the very vew solvents that will actually remove the oil from the ivy that causes the itch. Trust me.....it really works!
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Default Re: Poison Ivy

It does have beautiful grain. The problem is even after you carve it, the oils are still there. The stuff, for one reason or another, doesn't bother me, but there is no way I'd ever give a carving to anybody that had been done with it. Even as immune as I am to the stuff, I stay away from it because one never knows.
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I was immune to it years ago when I hunted...a friend and I actually had to crawl thru a hill of the stuff, didn't realize what we were in until it was too late....but neither of us caught the rash! But I sure wouldn't take the chance now, the body is constantly changing .....besides like was said, you don't know if the recipient is immune!
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The wood is beautiful; but, does not look that different to several others that would be a lot safer to carve. Bill Essex, made knives for years, has a detail knife with poison ivy handles (well coated with poly..).

I too am immune........currently!......but have known a number of people who found that this can change without warning. I limit my exposure as much as possible; but, realize everytime I crank up that weedeater that I am rolling the dice.
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