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Document homemade top bar hive - what sort of wood

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HI.  I'm in Melb but joined this group when I started keeping bees.  I recently scored a top bar hive from a local guy on Freecycle. He says it was handmade by a mate from New Zealand timber but he doesn't know what sort. I tried to post a photo but it seemed that it was too big to post so I've made it much smaller.  Are there any new zealand beekeeper/woodworkers that I can consult directly? 

 

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I'm a carpenter. Not possible to positively I.D. from a photo. Timbers exported to Oz over the last century have included rimu, matai, kahikatea, totara, beech, kauri, tawa.

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The most common wood is generally rimu. Medium dense wood...silvers with weathering. Light brown colour. 

Its not poisonous but  if working it the dust is irritating to the lungs and considered a carcinogen. Wear a mask but dont panic...just dont breath in too much of it.

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