Camphor Wood Bowl Series

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Project by RobertJ posted 03-12-2012 09:10 PM 2651 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The entire backyard smelled like camphor as I cut into these old camphor logs. Most bowls shown (and platter) are around 12” to 13” diameter and up to 7” deep. Tung oil finish over Beale buffed surface except deep V salad bowl which has a lacquer finish. I stll have several large camphor logs to attack. The colorations are wonderful (for firewood).

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 10:32 PM

Nice looking turnings, Robert. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 11:26 PM

is camphor wood the same as the “vicks vapor rub” smell?

-- Michiganmark, I dream in wood......I'll blame it on my grandfather

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 11:36 PM

Very good looking set of bowls

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 03-13-2012 07:35 PM

Lovely turnings Robert.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 01:40 PM

The 1st one is my favorite. Nice and deep….....will hold a lot of popcorn.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 03-14-2012 02:28 PM

that is beautiful wood… I live in San Diego and have never seen it here. Do you know some place I would be able to pick a few chunks up at?

-- San Diego, CA

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 02:52 PM

I am located in so. cal. I keep finding camphor in storage yards that some tree cutters keep (usually a backyard off the beaten path). Literally every yard has had large camphor logs. Sometimes I have to scratch the grey logs and sniff them out…the camphor smell is strong.

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 01:23 AM

Nice bowls you make keep it up…spin on bro…may all your catches be mild

-- Cosmicturner

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