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08-06-2018 12:05 PM

has any one, and would it be possible to turn some big, dry poison Ivy vine ? Why? jus cause ! and because in a particular collection of carved realistic Hammers, the man had a hammer handle inone made of such, AND one of Sumac. caused me to wonder if I might make a pen from some or a letter opener handle say. BUT what about the dust? what if a piece was Microwaved first? so is there any one on here who has done this radical kinda thing?

-- retired GM/Delphi , Retired USN/USAFR

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 12:21 PM

I have had poison ivy and not fun. The thought of breathing the dust scares the xXxX out of me. IMHO this is a very bad idea and I hope you are just posting this as a joke.

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 12:23 PM

A man in Woodturning Design wrote an article on turning pens from dry poison ivy vines several years ago. So yes can be done, his pens pretty spectaluar. Cannot post a link most of their articles no longer one line.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 12:26 PM

Wildwood: ”yes it can be done, his pens are pretty spectacular.
Cannot post a link. most of their articles are no longer one line”

why aren’t they available? did he DIE?

ensure your medical coverage is paid up prior to messing with that stuff.
I’m with Red: once you have had a case of Ivy or Oak poison, you want
NOTHING to do with it ever again – dead or alive.
that is like the Olender Bush – - – the flowers, the sap, the leaves, the smoke from burning it
will still send some people to the hospital.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 12:51 PM

Do you have good hospital insurance?
Nuff said.

-- [email protected]

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 01:04 PM

Aside from all of the traditional worries about touching the wood with residual oils, I would be very concerned about inhaling any of the dust or other fine particles. You can get a reaction in your lungs and mucus membranes from the smoke and the oils.

Not sure it is worth the risk

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#6 posted 08-06-2018 01:19 PM

Read and you decide. I am one of the 15% to 25% who are immune to it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 08-06-2018 02:45 PM

Wildwood: ”yes it can be done, his pens are pretty spectacular.
Cannot post a link. most of their articles are no longer one line”

why aren t they available? did he DIE?

The magazine went out of business.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 08-06-2018 03:19 PM

Just don’t. If you get the dust in your lungs, you could die. Get it in your eyes and you could seriously damage them perhaps even permanently. I must be immune but I wouldn’t think of trying it.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 08-06-2018 04:03 PM

Got a bug in my bonnet so went through my stack of Woodturning Design and found the article by John A. Styer himself allergic to poison ivy. Hope to find him still on line which he is but could not find the artice Pens with Bite, Penns made from Poison Ivy! Did find this posting so for all you naysayers here you go!

Think minimum PPE gear like dust mask, gloves, which lot of people wear while turning and add your dust collector if have one should work!

I do have copy of the article like link states Fall 2007 Issue #15 by John A. Styer if knew how to post it with pictures would! When magazine folded articles went off line DUH!

-- Bill

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#10 posted 08-06-2018 04:32 PM

Don’t do it. Use wild grape vines instead. They are just as pretty.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#12 posted 08-06-2018 06:36 PM

Of course it is possible, but why would any sane person risk the consequences?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 08-06-2018 06:47 PM

I would want a lot of protective gear, including a full face respirator, gloves, maybe tyvek coveralls, a fan blowing away me, and to do it outdoors. I don’t want to suck that stuff into my DC because I’ll have to empty it later and I don’t want the dust in my shop. I wouldn’t do it but every person has the right to pursue happiness.

As a kid I was immune, used to wade through poison ivy and oak while picking berries but after moving to NC, I became allergic again. Or maybe it’s that I’m allergic to the NC varieties.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 08-06-2018 07:20 PM

Like the other site says, if you are making it for your ex wife from hell, it might be worth the efforts.


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#15 posted 08-06-2018 07:30 PM

I knew a guy on another forum that turned some Sumac. He spent two months in the hospital…
I turned it with no ill effects before I heard about his plight.
After I heard about it, I never turned any again.

I hoped I that had inherited immunity from Poison Ivy from my grandfather who could spend all day pulling it up and be just green with it.
Unfortunately I found out the hard way that I’m not. Spent about 10 weeks battling it.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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