Scientific name:  Cinnamomum camphora

Description:  Color can be highly variable depending on species and growing conditions; generally a light brown, frequently with shades of gray, 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 can be straight, interlocked, and/or wavy; uniform medium texture with a high natural lustre and a slightly greasy feel.

Properties:  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.