Friday, April 9, 2010
Three camphor trees sent their roots into the septic leach field of our new home so the field has be be replaced. Camphor trees have a very aggressive root system and no trees should be planted over leach fields especially camphor and many others. So before escrow closed on our new home we arranged to have the trees taken out and a new leach field installed.
I happened to be reading Craigslist and saw someone wanted fresh camphor logs for wood turning, so I sent them an email. That's how I met local wood turning artist Chad Leuckel. I told Chad if he came by when they cut down the camphor trees he could have as many logs as he wanted. So bright an early this morning Chad showed up when the tree and septic workers were here to get some camphor wood. Speaking of Craigslist, I sold the refrigerator and the carpet we removed from our new place through Craigslist in one day. Apparently everyone uses Craigslist in this area.
Chad was drooling over all the wood he was going to get much like a potter would be drooling over some free clay. Chad belongs to the local wood turning group and talked about his wood turning work while he was here. He has been studying with a master wood turner for many years. I learned Chad must quickly work the fresh wood and keep it damp so it won't crack or split.
Here's our brand new leach field put in with the new type of system that distributes the water evenly. Most of the soil is sandy here in Florida as is this soil, although there is a small layer of clay near the top. There is a huge mountain of local clay around the corner from here that I plan to experiment with in my work very soon. More about that later.
Chad brought over some of his work to show me. The first bowl is turned from cypress wood. Since Chad likes to fish, it was only natural for him to specialize in making custom wood turned fishing poles. Some are inlaid with turquoise and other semi precious stones. Chad even inlays feathers into some of the poles.
Chad is going to make some wood turned ornaments from the camphor wood for me, much like the one shown which he turned from black jack oak and hickory and then hollowed out. The ornament was beautiful and light as a feather.
I made plans to visit Chad some time in the future while he is wood turning so I can learn more about the process. It was fun to meet a local wood turning artist and I was so happy the camphor trees we cut down went to good use. Comments and suggestions are welcome.