Camphor Wood set of 3 Bowls from the crotch of the tree, #17462-64
Nested set of 3 Camphor Wood Bowls from the crotch of the tree. Bowls measure 8, 10 and 12 inches in diameter. Slightly aromatic from the oils contained in the wood. The largest bowl is supported by three little feet. When a crotch or a “V” is formed in the tree, the cellular structure creates what woodworkers call a “feather” where the separation occurs. This highly figured feature is considered very desirable by collectors.
Cinnamomum camphora is a large evergreen tree native to Asia and Indonesia. This piece came from southwestern Florida where many trees were removed by the force of hurricane winds and/or insurance companies seeking to decrease property and casualty liabilities. The production and shipment of camphor, in a solid, waxy form, was a major industry in Taiwan prior to and during the Japanese colonial era (1895–1945). It is used medicinally and was also an important ingredient in the production of smokeless gunpowder and celluloid. Primitive stills were set up in the mountainous areas in which the tree is usually found to distill the oils from the leaves and wood. It is used for its scent, for medicinal purposes (campho-phenique, vicks) and in religious ceremonies.