Author Topic: Is black locust carcinogenic?  (Read 589 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline eastcreekarchery

  • Member
  • Posts: 174
Is black locust carcinogenic?
« on: November 30, 2020, 11:45:50 pm »
Ive heard its carcinogenic but the the only literature ive found says its poisonous when consumed. Anyone have a good source that says this? Im just curious about it

Offline Hawkdancer

  • Member
  • Posts: 4,330
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2020, 12:30:26 am »
Moral: if beavers don't chew it, don't use it?! >:D (lol).  Also if it is on the internet, it may not be true!
Hawkdancer
Life is far too serious to be taken that way!
Jerry

Offline druid

  • Member
  • Posts: 464
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2020, 04:21:50 am »
I think it is about saw dust in lungs. Potentionaly, all wood species dust can enlarge chance of lung cancer. If I remember good then tanine species (locust, oak) are on the top. But I never met anyone that got it. Know lot of people that mill black locust, it is the pest here.

Offline bassman

  • Member
  • Posts: 926
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2020, 05:23:58 am »
Any saw dust in the lungs can't be good for you. I have heard that about Black Locust,and American Hornbeam can cause eye cancer according to some. Who,and were these claims come from who knows. Coffee, and eggs are bad for you. Then they are not. Then they are, and then they are not!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Offline bassman

  • Member
  • Posts: 926
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2020, 08:37:55 am »
I started out making fiber glass carbon, wood  lam bows. I quit making them because of the itch ,and brutal on the lungs when taking the mask off. Bamboo to me is similar to that ,so I stay away from that now to. Best idea is to wear a mask.

Offline Dances with squirrels

  • Member
  • Posts: 1,099
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2020, 10:25:25 am »
I don't know about carcinogenic, but it's fluorescent... glows like crazy under a black light.
Straight wood may make a better bow, but crooked wood makes a better bowyer

Offline bjrogg

  • Member
  • Posts: 8,262
  • Cedar Pond
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2020, 10:49:27 am »
I don't know about carcinogenic, but it's fluorescent... glows like crazy under a black light.


Now that might make a Interesting full draw picture.
Bjrogg
A hot cup of coffee and a beautiful sunrise

Offline gifford

  • Member
  • Posts: 382
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2020, 01:04:52 pm »
Learn something new everyday it seems. Dayglo - Black Locust Bow..

Offline Dances with squirrels

  • Member
  • Posts: 1,099
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2020, 01:13:18 pm »
I'm full of silly useless knowledge like that. Lol.

Actually, that little bit can be useful. I went out and bought a black light so I could identify lams and boards in the shop. I was on a kick to label all the wood in the shop, guessed at a couple, but the black light proved me wrong.
Straight wood may make a better bow, but crooked wood makes a better bowyer

Offline eastcreekarchery

  • Member
  • Posts: 174
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2020, 03:09:02 pm »
Ill have to try that black light trick squirrels. Thanks for input everyone.

Offline Dances with squirrels

  • Member
  • Posts: 1,099
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2020, 03:24:41 pm »
One more quick tip. The more freshly the wood is exposed, the more brightly it glows. So if it's old and oxidized, it may glow, but faintly. If you scrape it or sand it, it looks like it's radioactive.
Straight wood may make a better bow, but crooked wood makes a better bowyer

Offline Hawkdancer

  • Member
  • Posts: 4,330
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2020, 12:08:06 am »
Maybe the black light in the old bug zapper still works!  Got a bl stave in the shop curing!
Hawkdancer
Life is far too serious to be taken that way!
Jerry

Offline Eric Krewson

  • Member
  • Posts: 4,340
Re: Is black locust carcinogenic?
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2020, 07:35:42 am »
I don't know about carcinogenic but most wood dust is toxic, especially for use guys who have worked in it for the last 25 years or so. For me it started with walnut dust, then osage and soon maple (flintlock stocks) and now even pine now gives me severe hay fever symptoms.

I run into more and more older bow makers' like myself that have to wear a cartridge respirator when they make bows.