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    Posted: 04 Oct 2014 at 5:54pm
Camphor, Camphor Laurel

Scientific Name: Cinnamomum camphora


Distribution: Native to southeast Asia, widely planted throughout tropical and subtropical regions worldwide

Average Dried Weight: 33 lbs/ft3 (520 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .43, .52

Colour/Appearance: Colour can be highly variable depending on species and growing conditions; generally a light brown, frequently with shades of grey, red, or olive green. Occasionally contains darker streaks. Paler sapwood isn’t always clearly differentiated from the heartwood. Burls are also commonly seen, and are considered highly decorative.

Grain/Texture: Grain can be straight, interlocked, and/or wavy. Uniform medium texture with a high natural lustre and a slightly greasy feel.

Workability: Camphor’s moderate density makes it easy to shape and machine with minimal effort. Areas of interlocked grain may cause tear out issues, but complications are usually minimal. Glues and finishes well.

Odour: Camphor has a very characteristic odour, for which the tree is named. The most recognizable product that contains the extracts of camphor are medicated chest rubs, which have the same distinct scent.

Allergies/Toxicity: Camphor has been reported to cause skin and respiratory irritation, as well as a number of other effects, such as headaches, giddiness, and asthma-like symptoms.

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How does Campor Laurel go as a lure material? I have a fairly large flitch of it.
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Steve, it is good stuff and great for nudes if there is some good colour and grain in it. Have a look at Nicho's nudes to get some idea of how it comes up.
The only little trick is to make sure its nice and dry.
If it is reluctant to take paint because of high oil content, a dip in thinners and drying over night will help the paint adhere.

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Thanks Brad
It's well dry, would be at least 20 years old, I have red cedar flitches that old as well, I also have a large slab of Rosewood, 1800 x 600 x 50 is Rosewood any good for lures or should I make a coffee table? I have a flitch of (I think) Rosewood the same size as well. I like this new section, went to bunnings and bought some Indonesian Mahogany Garden Stakes today, they look good too!!
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Rosewood, Nth Qld or New Guinea type is nice, at the heavy end of the lure timber scale though. Again makes a nice nude, or if you fiddle around with shapes, will yeild a slow sink or supending lure.
I should have it in the next round of timbers to post.

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