Chechen Wood--Caribbean Rosewood, Black Poisonwood

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Forum topic by jayseedub posted 03-06-2021 03:29 PM 372 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2021 03:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chechen rosewood caribbean rosewood black poisonwood poisonwood

Just wanted to share my amazing (so far) experience working with Chechen (sold as “Caribbean Rosewood” at my supplier in the Chicago area).

First, it’s heavy and dense. Quite heavy, and really quite dense.

Second, the figure is swirly, tight, and amazing.

Third—I almost feel like working with it is like carving a bar of soap (remember that, scouts?). I’ve been sawing it, planing it, sanding it, scraping it—and it’s so dense and smooth that I’m really loving it. No chipout to speak of. No tearout. Just smooth bar-of-soap wood. And it takes a polish under the scraper that gleams.

Anyway—just 1/3 of the way through my humidor, but thought I’d share my experience working with this so far!

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#1 posted 03-06-2021 03:59 PM

Your fortunate that your not allergic. Thats one wood that really did a number on me itchy rashes swollen eyes.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 03-06-2021 04:44 PM

Your fortunate that your not allergic. That’s one wood that really did a number on me itchy rashes swollen eyes. Good Luck – Aj2

First time I used Chechen, didn’t have any issues.
Second time, hives, red swollen eyes, and respirator while sanding was only thing the prevented a trip to ER.’
Chechen is listed as sensitizer.

Be safe, not sorry.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#3 posted 03-06-2021 06:19 PM

It is actually the sap, bark, and leaves that are poisonous. Once the wood is cured sufficiently, it MAY cause allergic reactions for some people. I have used chechen numerous times and havent had any issues. I agree, it is a great wood to work with.

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#4 posted 03-06-2021 06:28 PM

I’ve got a couple boards of it with a decent mottle figure to them. I’d love to resaw it into acoustic guitar backs and sides one day. Years ago it was touted as one of the SmartWood species in an old FWW issue. Don’t know about that designation these days, but it would be nice to have a pretty, rosewood-ish looking wood be harvested responsibly.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#5 posted 03-06-2021 07:23 PM

Yeah I turned some once, my forearms felt like like I walked through a forest of poison oak

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