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Feb
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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.
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revised How do I make a fin selection for various surfing conditions
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revised What are the most important indicators of an high-risk avalanche zone?
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comment What are the vitamin considerations for extended backpacking
@JayBazuzi -- Fair point, but at the same time, we do know for sure that things like scurvy exist. Perfect nutrition might be hard to pin down, but avoiding scurcy, rickets, etc. should be easier to define.
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comment How to reduce pain of wasp stings
@ClareSteen -- Yeah after the last time I experience yellow jackets I want a better solution. That hurt and the only blessing was the river to soak my ankles in.
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comment What are some ways/devices that I can use to charge my batteries in the wilderness?
The good solar chargers for hiking don't charge your batter with solar. They charge internal batteries then you charge your batteries off of those. This allows you to wear the charger all day without having your device connected to it and then charge your own device off of a very stable current.
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revised What are the advantages / disadvantages of a rock climbing hat made from hard plastic to one made out of carbon fiber?
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comment Which careers allow working in the wild on a daily basis?
+1 great addition
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revised How to stay clean on a multi-day hike?
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comment How to stay clean on a multi-day hike?
@Greg.Ley -- Thanks, I updated with the skin drying. I had not thought of that (never caused me that issue)
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