I was shaping a ferrule out of blackwood this afternoon, and I realized after about 5 minutes, my lungs felt like they were being lit on fire, from the inside! It was pretty bad. I guess I should have been wearing a mask, like when I grind steel, but it's wood! My "shop" is well ventilated, with two big windows and a good sized door next to my press and sander, so I've never noticed too much, in terms of smell, etc.
Has anyone else noticed that Africa Blackwood lights up their lungs? Are there any other woods/materials I should be concerned about?
On a pleasant note, the coral spacer piece smelled like candy when I was shaping it!
Do you guys have any favorite materials to work with, because of anything other than workability, such as smell, or feel?
I personally love the smell of cherry wood and pine (when sawing).