Camphor is a moderate density wood native to southeast Asia. Cinnamomum camphora
(commonly known as camphor tree, camphorwood or camphor laurel) this large evergreen tree grows up to 20-30 m (66-98 ft) tall. It is known for its scent, which smells like Vick's Vaporub. In fact, Vick's uses synthetic camphor. Camphor oil has also been used for medicinal purposes. Some even say it prevents silver from tarnishing, and wards off moths. Needless to say, when you buy this wood, you're in for a smelly turning session. Be sure to wear a mask.
Camphor color depends largely on growing conditions. Often a lighter brown, sometimes with shades of red, pale green and gray. It is moderately stable with grain that has a beautiful high luster.
The moderate density of this wood makes it easy to work with. Minimal tear out issues are possible with highly figured, interlocking portions of the grain. This wood is commonly used by wood turners and is also used to make veneers, chests and furniture.
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