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Project by Mark Wilson posted 09-07-2015 09:26 AM 705 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This thing is made of Camphor. It’s a lovely bit of timber I’ve turned quite a lot of. It grew in my back yard until it was cut down. Now, it’s growing back. I have always loved this tree for its soft bushiness. And, I like the smell of it on the lathe. I didn’t get enough of it when it was cut. Mebees, I’ll be able to get some more after a while.
It stands 7” tall and is quite slender with a scarily delicate stem. I’m sure you can see how I’m still working on mastering the captive ring. Specifically, getting the inside of it finished properly, along with that bit of the stem it used to be attached to.
It’s finished in my late favorite B,L.O./W.O.P./W.A.X. process. Just a little less of it because I didn’t want this one terribly shiny. I think it’s just about right. And, I really hope the striations in the wood stay there.
Presented here for your inspection.

Shop motto: Maybe we’ll get it right someday.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 09-07-2015 10:00 AM

Very bussy carver, with little magic too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-07-2015 10:50 AM

Looks nice Mark. I recently watched Tim Yoder’s video on doing captured rings. It’s on my bucket list. I like this vase !

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#3 posted 09-07-2015 11:14 AM

Very cool Vaz!

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

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#4 posted 09-07-2015 12:10 PM

Nice piece of Camphor Mark, and a lovely Voz.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 09-07-2015 12:19 PM

Nice piece of turning Mark, like the captive ring. Can’t beat the smell of camphor while turning.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#6 posted 09-07-2015 01:34 PM

Congratulations on a job well done and on joining the grow-it-yourself club. Most of my best pieces have been grown in my own yard – just wish I could speed up the drying process, I’m getting quite a backlog (pun intended).

Never had the pleasure of working with Camphor but have heard that it is very aromatic. Is it a fast growing tree?

Thanks for sharing,

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 09-07-2015 01:39 PM

Looks great Mark, The ring is a nice added touch!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#8 posted 09-07-2015 02:10 PM

Nice! Like the captive ring.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 09-07-2015 04:41 PM

Looks great Mark. How long are you taking to do the finish now? If I didn’t cut down a Cherry Tree in my back yard I wouldn’t have started down this wood working path.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 09-07-2015 08:53 PM

Thank you. Thank you. And, thank you.
Bob, the aroma, which is very medicinal – in a pleasurable way – seems to have lessened as this wood has aged. I rough turned this piece into a cylinder several months ago, while it was crackably wet. It sat around, drying out, not cracking, or getting out of round. That was a surprise. I had made a bunch of such cylinders that day, from several woods, and thought I had marked all of them. This one, no. It was only when I started hogging out the inside that I decided it is Camphor. Couldn’t smell it til then. And the blackish(?) streaks make me wonder if, mebees, some spalting has occurred.
John (or, is it Jeff?), Camphor starts out as a bush. A very bushy, airy bush, with a skin that doesn’t even merit the term bark, and Wood that’s not worthy the term wood. After several years (5 – 10?), the skin turns to bark and the flesh becomes this lovely wood. And, the whole structure gets to be about thirty feet tall, yet, still, very bush-like – you don’t see any of the bones because the leaf-bearing branches surround it all the way to the ground. But, when you make something like an underwater swimming motion with your arms, spreading the very light and airy branches aside, you see a very definite single trunk has formed where before there were several. It’s like the trunk stays underground for years and emerges at maturity. Everything above about 2-3 feet maintains all the plant-like qualities, so far (I’ve yet to see one that was allowed the full extent of its growth to take place. I have read that they can get upwards of 70 feet tall.) Mine is right next to a block wall, so, it’ll never get that big. I, in point of fact, thought that I had killed the trunk after it was cut, to keep it from coming back and knocking the wall over. Evidently, not. So many words. Pictures are called for.
This is the re-growth.

Here’s the trunk. You can see that, at the ground, it’s a solid, single trunk, that, given enough time, probably would have lifted the crown high into the air. Given an unknown number of years – this has been in the yard for at least 15 years.

And, I only just now noticed that the new growth is coming out of the ground next to the trunk – not out of the trunk. I guess I did kill the trunk.
And, finally, a shot of the “sticks” I still have – appropriately, nested under the tree, awaiting their debut as works of wooden art.

2436 (John?), this whole thing went from roughed-out cylinder to finished Voz in, altogether, less than two hours. That sounds fast, mebees. But, jeeze, you’ve heard of the “Ten-Minute_Bowl”, haven’t you? I’m not there yet. I just went back and looked through your Gallery. Is the Burl from the same tree of which you speak? I know the fruit bowl is – you said so in the description. Speaking of you Gallery: What a dearth of projects. Get busy, man. We want more.

So many words. I need a nap.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 09-07-2015 11:47 PM

I can just imagine that wonderful smell in the shop Mark, nice job on the vase & ring :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 09-08-2015 02:01 AM

Great save & nice job on the turning.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 09-08-2015 07:50 AM

Pete, it smells best with the application of a chainsaw, when it’s fresh.
Tony, this was a very, very rare case of a piece that didn’t involve any “saving”. It went as I expected, from start to finish. Thanks.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 09-08-2015 03:01 PM

Nice project here Mark, I have always wanted to make a captive ring, but somehow have never done so in the last 50 years. Are you going to try and do anything with the piece that is still in the ground,/man, there should really be some beauty in there. Give me a PM if you need any more info on that last project that I did.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 09-09-2015 12:32 AM

Thanks, Don. Captive rings aren’t very hard to do. You just have to be really careful. The hardest part is finishing it before cutting it free, and not messing up the finish in the cutting. And, also, working and finishing the stem after it’s cut free.

-- Mark

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