Camphor Laurel - Olympia


Being able to transform this introduced weed into high end eyewear is both a pleasure and a technical challenge. There are many attributes which make Camphor Laurel the perfect timber for temples, otherwise known as arms on eyewear frames, however the unpredictable yet beautiful figure in the grain ensure the added element of mystery. The unknown is agility inspiring and that's a big goal of ours. Material attributes are mysterious which is the consistent challenge of using reclaimed and recycled materials. 

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." -Albert Einstein

We source our Camphor Laurel locally from good friends who support Cabinet Makers in the Esk shire. This weed is cut from their property and milled on site, localising the process of removal to commercialisation of a natural waste product.

Camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora) belongs to the lauraceae family and is an evergreen tree. Native to the Australia and also Japan and China, a related species such as Oliver’s sassafras (Cinnamomum oliveri) take stake in rainforests of the east coast here.

Utilised for essential oils and it's timber the trees are used almost exclusively in eastern style construction.

Originally introduced to Australia in about 1822 as an ornamental species the Camphor laurel was planted in both Sydney and Brisbane Botanical Gardens in the mid 1800's. Not unlike many other weeds, Camphor was treasured for it's ornamental qualities in Gardens, Schools and anywhere shade was demanded. It thus spread extensively and is now a declared noxious weed.

Holloway recognises the need to maintain delicate habitats such as the waterways through Esk shire. We continue to encourage anybody who has access to waste streams such as recycled timbers to look for meaningful ways to reintroduce the materials.

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