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Poisen Hemlock!!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Prof, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Prof

    Prof Burning Hunk

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    I was cutting some wood when the in-laws came for a visit. Father-in-law urges me to wear goggles when cutting "poisen hemlock." My mother-in-law tells the story of a family friend who nearly went blind from getting hemlock saw dust in his eye. We've had this conversation so many times, I almost ate a piece of bark just to illustrate the point that hemlock (at least the tree) is not dangerous!
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  2. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I thought you were going to say you ate some of it, or licked a split, or something like that. I bet Hearth.com Members would promote you to Firewood Junkie if you'd eat some. I'll burn the stuff but I won't chew it.
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  3. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    I thought that was Pine that made you go Blind. But eye protection isn't abad idea- Safety
  4. amateur cutter

    amateur cutter Minister of Fire

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    Any saw chip in the eye without safety wear can make you go blind.
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    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

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    Listen to mother she knows best ! ;lol
  6. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    Poison ivy on hemlock might be a problem.
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  7. Brewmonster

    Brewmonster Burning Hunk

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    I've known people to be confused about this because Water Hemlock (an herb in the celery/carrot family) is indeed poisonous. It's what the Athenians made Socrates drink when they sentenced him to death. Yet another common name confusion kerfluffle.
  8. mesuno

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    Actually, I'd heard that too much wood sent you blind...
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  9. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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    Mesuno, No, that's playing with your wood makes you go blind.
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  10. ScotO

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    You eat that hemlock, Prof, and you have taken this firewood-thing to a whole new next level.....;lol;)
    Poison hemlock......you FIL is a funny guy!
  11. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    Most only play with their wood till they need Glasses

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