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    Camphor Firewood

    Got this wood from a firewood lot in Pasadena. It's camphor, and man, did I have clear sinuses after turning this stuff. My shop smelled like a liniment factory for a week afterward. I kinda liked it. The wood was relatively soft, but cut and sanded nicely. I went full salad bowl mode and just finished it with mineral oil. I sold it last weekend before I had a chance to get measurements, but it was about 12" across and 7" high. It'll hold a lot of salad.

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    This is another bowl from the same log, and it sold to the same guy. It's about 10" x 5", and more mineral oil finish. In this case, the finish seemed to be one of the main selling points. The buyer is a chef, and he was very familiar with oiling his wooden kitchen stuff.

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    Wow, that sure is pretty wood, and interesting about the smell, cool!

    I like the simple lines, nicely done, and as you sold it, I guess I'm not the only one who thinks so!
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    Vaughn

    Those are both very attractive bowls. I really like the heart/sap combination. I had some camphor large enough to make a couple of bottle stoppers and I really liked the smell.

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    Not only are the bowls excellent, so is your photography. You're getting to be quite good at this stuff!
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    Very nicely done. I like the looks of that bowl a lot. Never saw that type wood, would love to get a hold of some to turn. Good job. Mitch

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    Great looking bowls Vaughn. Camphor sure does smell the shop up for sure. I really like the wood and simple form. Well done.
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    Vaughn - love the forms on both of the bowls! Actually, the Camphor is some really nice looking wood! Curious, could you still smell the Camphor after applying the mineral oil? Don't know if I would want my salad to absorb that smell....
    Steve

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    Another great piece Vaughn!
    Really cool wood!
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    Thanks for the kind words, guys. I'll be hoping there's more of this stuff next time I hit the woodlot.
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Schlumpf View Post
    ...Curious, could you still smell the Camphor after applying the mineral oil? Don't know if I would want my salad to absorb that smell....
    There was still a faint hint of the smell after drying and oiling. I don't think it'll be enough to transfer into any salad it might come into contact with. The real aromatic time was when I was roughing out the green wood.
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    All the time I see threads about miraculous finds in the firewood pile. Here are some more. I can't find wood like this in the wood stores.

    Vaughn, these are beautiful pieces of wood and lovely little bowls. I am not surprised you sold them. Very nice.

    I like turning camphor and enjoy the smell. It is not the greatest wood for boxes as it is a little soft.
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

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