Camphor Laurel

Large hardwood native to China and Japan, which was introduced to many sub-tropical and tropical parts of the world. First planted in Australia during the 19th century, the Camphor Laurel is now abundant in some areas of northern NSW and QLD where it has often replaced native species. This has led some local authorities to treat it as a weed. The Camphor Laurel reaches heights of 30m and 1.2m in diameter. The heartwood varies from light to medium brown, sometimes with dark brown or red-brown streaks. The sapwood is paler and is usually quite wide. The grain can vary from relatively straight to interlocked, and can be extremely irregular. The texture is moderately fine and even. It is easily worked, making it a joy to work with. The wood has a characteristic odour which can be quite overpowering in unseasoned timber. (Commercial camphor, an organic compound previously used in incense and medicines and now as an insect repellent, is extracted by the steam distillation of pulverised wood of this tree). It is used for veneers, turnery, clothes storage cabinets, chests and coffins.

  • Apples – Various Timbers.

    Arranged in a bowl, on their own or combined with other types of wooden fruit, these decorative, colourful wooden miniature apples, are sure to delight. Start a collection, mix and match colours and varieties of wood, all pieces made on-site. If you’re after a specific timber type, contact the Gallery to see if we can create it for you.

    Approximately 50mm in diameter.

    Handcrafted by David Barden, Wood We Create gallery.

  • Bananas – Various Timbers.

    A banana that lasts forever, wooden bananas appear life like and can be used to accessorise your kitchen or dining area. Made from different types of timber including Silky Oak, Camphor Laurel and Jacaranda, the turned and carved pieces look great on their own or displayed with turned apples and pears.
    Dimensions – 160mm long.

  • Bangles – Various Timbers

    A unique and handmade fashion accessory, using colourful timber, these bangles suit any style of apparel worn. The bangles range from narrow, petite styles to wider, more noticeable styles, made in a variety of diameters and timbers. A piece of jewellery that will last a lifetime. Handcrafted by David Barden.

  • Bells – Small, various timbers

    Cute little gift to place on your mantel piece, or great for the collector of those little keepsakes and different species of timbers. They are finished with a hand rubbed oil finish that enhances the colour and grain of each different timber. And yes, they do have a working bead glued in. Although, I don’t think you’d get anyone for dinner with it…HaHaHa.  Handcrafted by David Barden, Wood We Create.

    Dimensions – 25mm diameter x 100mm approx.

  • Bottle Open – Stainless Steel with Timber Handle.

    Bottle opener with woodturned timber handle, in various timbers. Every bar should have magnificent accessories contained in it. Look the part and brighten up your bar with one of these handcrafted bottle openers. Great, also as a gift for that special bloke in your life. You’ll have everyone talking about it when they visit. If you can’t find the colour or timber species that you like in the online shop, give us a call at the gallery and we will help you out. Other timber types are often available from the Gallery. Handcrafted by David Barden, Wood We Create.

  • Bottle Stopper – Deluxe

    The Deluxe  Corkstop, as we like to call it. Don’t drink and drive because you had to finish that lovely bottle of wine. Pop a Corkstop in it and finish it another day. Made from Stainless steel with a silicone seal to fit assorted bottles including wine. Great accompanying gift with that special bottle of wine you’ve organised as a gift for that good friend. Guaranteed to turn heads when people lay their eyes on them. Handcrafted by David Barden. Wood We Create.

  • Bottle/Stubby Opener – No magnet

    Standard Bottle or Stubby opener with magnets. Able to open flip tops. Great for use at the home bar. Stand out and be the envy of all your friends with these unique handmade bottle openers. Available in various timbers. Handcrafted by David Barden, Wood We create.

    Dimensions – approx. 60mm diameter.

  • Bottle/Stubby Opener with fridge magnets.

    Magnetic Bottle or Stubby Openers turned and available in various timbers. Able to open, twist tops, flip tops and has magnets to allow you to store the bottle opener on the fridge. Great gift for that special person and their bar. Handcrafted at Wood We Create, by David Barden.

    Dimensions – Approx. 90mm diameter

  • Bowl – Camphor Laurel No.11

    Camphor Laurel bowl with carved and burnt pattern on rim. This bowl is made from salvaged timber from Coffs Harbour. Handcrafted by David Barden, Wood We Create.

    Dimensions – 320mm diameter x 55mm high approx.

  • Bowl – Camphor Laurel with piercing. No.2

    This Camphor Laurel bowl was turned ‘green’, that is whilst it still contains all the water when the tree is freshly fell or falls over. The wall section is approximately 2mm. The patterned pierced, hole section, is done by hand using a rotary carver. One by one as the holes are produced, the pattern emerges. Although quite thin, its surprising how strong the wood is at this point. (not that I would throw it around). The completed bowl is coated with a few coats of a hand rubbed oil finish to protect and enhance the beautiful colours and grain pattern of this stunning timber. Handcrafted by David Barden, from locally sourced, salvaged timber.

    Dimensions – 260mm diameter x 50mm high approx.

  • Bowl – Camphor Laurel. Turned and Carved. No.1

    Title – Mantaray 2. The second in a series of 3
    Ever seen the Mantaray swimming in the ocean? It’s a sight to behold. This bowl is the second in a series of three. The subtlety of this majestic creature is the inspiration behind this piece. The gentle waves created when they swim. Nature is a wonderful thing.

    Handcrafted by David Barden.

  • Bowl – Pecan with Textured and Burnt section of the rim. No.5

    Hand turned from Pecan wood, locally sourced and salvaged from the Coffs Harbour area. The bowl was turned ‘green’ and if you look closely you will see the warped edge that is produced as the timber shrinks in the drying process. It has a hand rubbed oil finish to protect and highlight the natural colours of the wood. Handcrafted by David Barden.

    Dimensions – 250mm diameter x 60mm high approx.

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