Thursday, April 16, 2009

What to do with the Wood...

I've been thinking about what we can do with the leftover wood from our felled Camphor trees!
Maarten Baas recently exhibited his “Chinese Objects Object” made from Camphor wood! It was the result of a challenge he gave to Woodcarvers from Shanghai to make extraordinary works with their techniques, creating a cross-over between western design and Chinese techniques.
Velocity have these beautiful hand carved, leaf shaped Camphor trays by Roost
BeaG is an artist and designer who lives near Gent in Belgium. [It's a beautiful part of the world - we were barging there with friends last year] I like her Takkenkrans or Branch Wreath!Back to our Camphor wood! These are the giant Camphor Slices we now have at the top of our garden:Some will become stepping stones and I have brought a bowl-full of the fragrant wood shavings inside.
Unless we come across a talented wood artist, in our subtropical climate, the rest will decompose and the nutrients will be returned to the soil in the next few years!

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Estelle said...

Wow, those are giant slices indeed! I like the idea of stepping stones and /or natural recycling (-:

Dizzy said...

I LOVE the leaf shaped camphor trays! You should try your hand at some wood carving!

Di Overton said...

I am surround by forests and I am in the throws of collecting branches to nail to my garden wall in the shape of a tree. Sounds easy but it aint!

Anonymous said...

contact John Early on the Midlands Meander. I bought a beautiful turned bowl from him made of guava wood. He might be able to help, offer advice etc.

Anonymous said...

How will you prevent the stepping stones from decomposing? Or are you intending that they will?

kendalee said...

oh the possibilities! love the smell of camphor wood, how lovely that you're still enjoying your tree in a different form...

Velocity John said...

Thanks so much for the link. I love those trays too, but I really like your idea of the wood stepping stones. We also made wooden building blocks for our son out of wood like this. Hours of fun! If you are on Twitter, come by and say hello at SeattleVelocity

Freshly Found said...

Anonymous - Thanks for the idea of contacting John Early!
We wont stop the stepping stones from decomposing. They are in the top part of our garden, away from the house - so it is nice to have them, but not essential!

Jesse said...

I wonder what the wood is like to carve? Is it fairly dense? You could do some prints!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous (a Saffer in Dubai) is back again! The Earlys' website is www.andrewearly.co.za

Freshly Found said...

Thanks so much anon! I will contact the Earlys!

Freshly Found said...

I have heard from Andrew early. Camphor wood is not suitable for the work they do!

Down Comforter said...

Love those trays!!!