Wood allergies are fairly common, and certain types of wood can cause pretty severe reactions in some people (sometimes just being in the same room as a type of wood). And, yes, there are plenty of things used on wood that can cause reactions too.jackattack wrote:An illustration of both points. I have a full-size "deluxe" Scrabble board with wooden tiles. Every time I handle the tiles, my fingertips itch and burn, which is partially relieved by vigorous washing in very hot water. Almost certainly a contact allergy or chemical sensitivity on my part, but triggered by something on/in the wood. Now I play Scrabble on my iPad.
As a paranoid parent who won't let my future 3 year old play with Dwarvenite, yes, I will of course be careful to select wooden blocks that are tested/certified, and that any chemicals used on them are safe to touch, inhale, or ingest. I might as well aim for blocks with a standard size in multiples of 1" to allow them to mix seamlessly with Dwarvenite...
I know that my choices about what I consider safe or healthy can annoy people (I don't really understand why, but I've found it's a very sensitive topic). If you disagree, please just assume I'm acting ridiculous and paranoid, and that I'm wasting money on stuff that isn't definitively proven to be any safer or healthier than anything else out there. And of course my children get exposed to plenty of stuff no matter what I do (including PVC, and yes it is in my home's water pipes), so it's probably not even worth trying.
I'm not condemning anyone else for their choices, or fear-mongering about Dwarvenite. I love the stuff and the fact that it's virtually indestructible -- which is great for clumsy children (and adults) -- is part of the reason I've bought so much of it. There are plenty of things that are far more unsafe and unhealthy than playing build-with-Dwarvenite with children.
I would just prefer to wait a bit before introducing it to my children, until I feel comfortable with the idea. But I think it's great that others are having fun playing with their children using Dwarvenite, and I'm a little envious. In the meantime, I'll satisfy my desire to build stuff with my children by using children's blocks.
Unless, of course, Dwarven Forge comes back saying it's all perfectly safe, or gets the certification saying it's all safe, in which case I'll definitely re-evaluate my decision.