Buck Connors here and I really want to share this
article with you as it's important.
The following information is reprinted with
permission from data provided by Roy Banner, a wood turner from Torrance,
California who almost lost his life in
1989 to anaphylactic shock after turning pieces of exotic wood.
You can bet Roy wears his RACAL respirator
every time he turns on his lathe now!
Roy has assembled this data over the years
from various sources and when an entry appears in red, this indicates that the information has come from only one
source and has not been verified elsewhere.
Some of the
information here has come as a surprise to me and its a wonder I've never had a
toxic reaction to wood that I've been aware of.
As a craftsman, I've
worked with a lot of exotics, but as a wood collector I've worked with lots
more strange stuff from all over the world with no ill effects. Each of us is
different and you can call me old "iron gut".
Sorry that this is
such a patchwork effort and may be difficult to follow, and that Latin names of
woods are not included. I can't judge with any authority the validity of the
information presented here and it's up to the user's discretion to further
research any wood themselves, though Roy has told me the information here has
appeared in several woodworking magazines (for what that's worth).
Take this as a jumping off point. After each
wood name comes categories between slashes / /: