Pipe making - 'on hold'

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  1. Old Ted

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    I'm putting my 'briar bashing' activities on hold for a while. I've just been to the doc - to try to get something done about a recurring skin problem I've had for a while. I keep getting sore and itchy red patches on hands and wrists, and even eyelids! and extremely dry skin. The doc thinks it's something I'm allergic to, and has given me the usual batch of ointments and some tablets. I've never suffered with skin ailments before - I was not even a 'spotty teenager' LOL, and thinking about it - all this started just after I first started carving briar wood, maybe coincidence - but I'm going to see what a week or two away from the dust does!. Before anyone says it, yes - I do have vacuum extraction on my machines when cutting and sanding, but not when sanding by hand and everything around the bench and shop gets a coating of very fine wood dust. Well, I have plenty of metal working projects to occupy my time, and might make some stems too....we shall see!.
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  2. dwaugh

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    Maybe it's the vulcanite dust not the wood that is the issue?
     
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  3. Old Ted

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    mmm....good point! - I'd better make some lucite ones then, is that harmless?:ohyh:
     
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    I hope you find the source of your issue quickly, and get some relief.
    For my own selfish purposes though, I hope it has NOTHING to do with pipe making, as I have yet to purchase an OT pipe for myself, and would hate to think I've lost my chance.
     
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    OT sorry to hear about your woes. I hope you are able to identify what is causing your skin problems.

    If not find your self a hazmat suit and wear it while making pipes!:xd:

    Good luck my friend.
     
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    Sorry to read about your problem, I hope a quick resolution is around the corner.
    Best wishes for healing and getting back to what you love.:)
     
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    Sorry to hear that, OT. Hope you get better soon!!
     
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    Good luck finding the culpret. Do ya think you could have picked up something from around Skipton? :rolleyes: just saying.
     
  9. Marc Freeman

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    Hope you get it sorted.
    Will miss the thrill of looking for my next OT pipe.
    Get well soon.
     
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    I hope you get to the bottom of it quickly and that you recover with swift speed!
     
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  11. Summit

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    Hope this clears up because we like to see and smoke your briar!
     
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    Hi Ted hope you get it sorted I get something similar and on odd occasions have a full on allergic reaction to something unknown. I’ve had loads of skin scratch tests etc. but nothing has shown up, the best cure I’ve found is
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    I take one as soon as I sense the tingling start and Robert is your Mothers Brother, so carry them with me when I go out. They’re Anti Histamine’s and can be bought over the counter but are free on prescription if your over 60 (cough cough)
    Best wishes
     
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    Sorry about this Ted!
    It *could* well be the briar dust. I know that I have to wear a mask when I'm sanding...the fine dust acts on my allergies. No skin rashes, but yes, a bit of the "dry skin" thing.
    For all our selfish sakes, I hope it's something else...love your work!
     
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    Hope this gets resolved soon OT.
     
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    Allergies are no fun at all, and neither is itchy skin.
    I hope it all clears up and it turns out to be your mother-in-law.
     
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    Get well soon sir.
     
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    Well, my hand/skin issues seem to have cleared - thanks to the doc's ointment!, so with a suitable pair of disposable gloves and plenty of ventilation (shop door open time now!) I had a little go at cutting up a small piece of Greece's finest yesterday afternoon. Finished up with this little 'mini poker/sitter' - plain and simple, but with thick walls, so should provide a cool, if short smoke! :)
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    Glad to see your back.
    Nice looking mini pipe, quality craftsmanship as usual !
    Just make sure you wear your "protection" in future.
    How long is it ?
     
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    .....don't be cheeky!:eek:

    seriously - I'm not sure, but I just 'christened' it with some Dark Flake (couldn't resist!) - so I reckon it will go with those cobs you sent me - on shed duty :ohyh:
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