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comment Prevent mosquito bites: insect repellent patch or just eat vitamin B1?
Well, @xpda, malaria is all natural, unlike DEET....
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comment What are some things to keep in mind when stealth camping?
I hesitate to answer this because it sounds a lot like you're looking for advice on how to trespass on someone's land and get away with it.
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comment Best/safest wood to carve a spoon from?
The question isn't about whistles.
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comment Best/safest wood to carve a spoon from?
If you can provide a credible link saying it's safe for use I'll happily update my answer. I don't know what country you are in, but I'll also need to include that to keep it accurate to locale. But Elder in general, and esp. in the Americas, is usually going to be poisonous ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Sambuca.htm
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comment Best/safest wood to carve a spoon from?
Old peoples have in the past used many toxic substances for many things, not realizing what they are. Old Americans also used mercury in tonics to treat diarrhea. Biologically speaking there is definitely a risk of cyanide poisoning from continuous and/or improper use of elder. A spoon is going to be much higher risk than a whistle. ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Sambuca.htm
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comment Best/safest wood to carve a spoon from?
There are about 20 or 30 variants of elder. Some are certainly safe. Your friend is probably skilled at identifying them. But they are not generally safe for non-experts. Another possibility is that some part of the pipe making process denatures the toxin. I used to heat cure my pipes with sugar and honey and that will denature some toxins and seal against others. It's also possible that smoking just doesn't get enough of the wood itself into your mouth. Regardless, elder is toxic, and I wouldn't try it as an amateur.
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comment Best/safest wood to carve a spoon from?
I'm sorry, I should have saved my toxicity link, but I'll have to settle for wiki: "Due to the possibility of cyanide poisoning, children should be discouraged from making whistles, slingshots or other toys from elderberry wood." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus.