Camphor Laurel Bowl

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Project by Grumpy posted 11-01-2018 11:11 PM 1717 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given a piece of camphor laurel in a market at Port Douglas, Northern Australia.
Had it for 5-6 years and it was about time to do it some justice.
The great thing about camphor laurel is you get a nose job from the eucalyptus fumes.

I thought I would try out my new 4” face plate for the job.

The face plate did a great job for the outside, then turned off a tenon to do the inside.

And a stamp burnt in on the bottom

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 11-02-2018 12:04 AM

Nice bowl. I have 2 boxes of Camphor shorts in the rough, but I don’t think any of them are as nice looking as the wood on your bowl. Totally agree on the nose clearing action when you work it though. I always like to really clean my machines before working it, so I can take just the Camphor shavings, and bag them for the Wife to make little cloth cover bags with them as filler for gifts. Everyone is amazed that smell comes from wood, they all thought it was just the Vicks jar.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 11-02-2018 12:11 AM

That’s a beautiful bowl!!

-- Matt R

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#3 posted 11-02-2018 12:26 AM

Great job, Tony!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 11-02-2018 01:34 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 11-02-2018 02:09 AM

All those colors, Tony. My Camphor doesn’t look anything like that.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 11-02-2018 02:40 AM

Beautiful bowl, hard to believe all that effect in one hunk of lumber

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 11-02-2018 03:44 AM

That came out really beautifully my friend.
And, it’a funny, I turned a bowl from Camphor a while back and my shop STILL smells like an open jar of Vic’s Vapo-Rub….ha ha
Nice work Grumpy!

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#8 posted 11-02-2018 04:42 AM

A tree that is considered a weed in many parts of Australia, BUT what beautiful timber and Tony you have made it shine with your turning, well done sir!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#9 posted 11-02-2018 06:09 AM

Great looking bowl, Grumpy, always nice to freshen the shed with the odor of camphor.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 11-02-2018 06:21 AM

Beautiful Bowl Grumpy. Camphor Laurel Wood is lovely and I love the Aroma of it.

Well done and a great project.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 11-02-2018 07:52 AM

great work,beautiful wood

-- bambi

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#12 posted 11-02-2018 02:57 PM

Great job Grumps. I never turned any camphor before. I think it would be worth it just to smell it. It’s a beautiful wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 11-02-2018 03:42 PM

Beautiful bowl, Tony!!

I think the E mail delivery has failed again. I did not get this or the one from Mark Wilson in my mail today!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 11-02-2018 08:21 PM

Theresa, that’s a great way to use the shavings.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 11-02-2018 08:22 PM

Thanks Bambi.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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