Thuya and Grenadilla

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Feb 19, 2021
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Hi all!

So, I have got myself some wood pieces to carve a couple of pipes out of, but I've eventually discovered that some types of tropical wood could be toxic :eek:?.

I have olive tree and briar which I know for sure are ok, then I have grenadilla and thuya ?!
On the grenadilla, I read here some post saying that it should be ok but I'd like to double-check! As for the Thuya, I have no clue so... "wood should I do? ?"

Thanks!
B.
 

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Here you go:


It seems that Thuya is a softwood and has some toxicity that can cause skin and eye irritation. It's also part of the cypress family which is an evergreen coniferous that also has a cedar smell/aroma, so that is not a good type in almost every aspect for a pipe.

Grenadilla is also toxic and it includes the respiratory system.
 
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