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post #1 of 4 Old 12-28-2008, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Camphor log

I was given a large chunk of camphor. The person who gave me the wood said it is extremely aromatic while turning. Has anyone out there turned this stuff?
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-28-2008, 08:03 PM
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Haven't turned any but have been in a shop when someone was. It is extremely smelly. I like it but some can't stand it.
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If you don't like it, can i be the first in line for it? Seriously though, it will smell like vics vapor rub. that should give you an idea if you would like it or not.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-31-2008, 03:45 PM
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Camphor wood

Like you, I was given camphor wood.
This is a beautiful wood to turn. It is dark with black flecks and nice graining. Sands well and takes a nice finish. Looks alot like the local orchard walnut. It will fill your shop with its aroma.

I live in the central valley in California where the camphor tree is used for ornamental shade. So, there is plenty available. When I was a kid my mom used Campho-phanic, (sorry about the spelling), for sores and healing. The smell of camphor wood took me back to those days. My home shop smells like a medicine cabinet. However, the local bugs do not like the smell of camphor, so they leave.
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