Is MADRONE wood safe for the skin and lungs?
by Linda McCready
Lenticular Clouds over Mt. Shasta
Just bought 13.3 acres in Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon. Tons of Madrone trees on it, ranging from big honkin' matures to teenagers and little sprouts. There are some with dead branches, and some down wood that I want to clear out in interest of fire safety.
I'm interested in making log / rustic furniture, but want to know if there are issues with toxicity, skin irritation, etc., if left unfinished. Also, if the smaller branches are left in original form, does that silky red surface survive?
Thanks for educating me.