Camphor Wood in Chinese Furniture

Alternate name / botanical classification: Camphor, Cinnamomum Camphora

Softwood, easily bruised, yellowish to warm brown colour and not so popular for furniture making except for storage chests due to its smell that repels insects. The wood is light to medium in density and is relatively stable, with a fine, even texture.

It is found across southern China, mainly on Hainan Island, Taiwan, Jiangxi and Fujian. Part of the laurel family, camphor trees grow to up to 50 metres in height and can reach up to 5 metres in diameter. The reddish-brown heartwood contrasts against the much paler sapwood, giving an attractive grain. In some varieties this is particularly pronounced.