啞巴沉香 Gaharu buaya

啞巴沉香(倣沉香、假沉香)
瑞香科Aetoxylon屬
樹種Gaharu buaya(在馬來西亞及印尼當地人的稱謂)。
產區:西沙撈越(Sarawak)與加里曼丹(Kalimantan),
1555674_234061966765423_265958197_n
外觀與真沉香相似,會沉水,常用在雕刻和佛珠上。因價錢極低,在西沙撈越其出口的數量比Gaharu(真沉香)為多。沉香消費者、收藏者需當心留意。
1558875_234067926764827_907763942_n 1598389_234062043432082_690368545_n依據聯合國臨危野生國際公約目前認定沉香的來源為沉香屬與擬沉香屬的樹種。
西沙撈越假沉香(啞巴沉香)點燃香氣不佳,但作手會將真沉香油塗抹在假沉香上在用烘熱或炊熱方法將沉香油浸入表層,如果消費者不察只削表皮外層 用煎香器品香,或用點然法燃燒表層,將造成誤判甚之,莫成遺憾。市面所售佛珠很多是此種啞巴沉所假,外表很黑投之入水。

top

Posted in Fake Agarwood | Leave a comment

心見聞.沉香不是木 越沉越芬芳

小小的爐子,點著天然的沉香木,油脂泌出,仿彿可以聽到空氣裡油脂分泌滋滋作響的聲音,微微的,輕輕的,你感覺那香味,才一轉眼,那香味已經鋪天蓋地,這裡那裡,在斗室裡尋求空隙“流浪”去了。  “中國人有一句話說,清洗一個空間,用水用火可能也沒有辦法清洗徹底,但是香有這樣的功能,香可以無孔不入,可以穿牆透壁,尤其是沉香,滲透力非 常強。就好比這個空間,每天不同的人入住,很多不同的氣場,有些人進來為什么不能睡覺,因為上一個人可能帶來很多負面的能量我們不知道。”

“沉香可以淨化空間,也可以安定心神。特別是如果屋子潮濕,瘴氣很多。在能量學裡,一個人要生病從屋子開始,人需要已經被淨化的空間。”

1-agar-wood_smoke

心見聞.沉香不是木 越沉越芬芳

沉香對藝術家來說,有一種飄逸的境界,有一次點了沉香,朋友說沒有嗅到。而另外一位朋友,一走進來就說:嘩,好香的沉香味。沉香,它自在,飄逸,你努力深呼吸,它躲起來;你不在意,它就跑出來。這或許就是法師說的“若隱若無”,不覺察時忽然就聞到了。

top

Posted in Depleting Agarwood | 3 Comments

Perfume in Islam

If you buy expensive perfume, you don’t look at it like your are wasting money, because perfume is actually considered sadaqah, for other people.

Oud oil

This oil might not be the best in Oud’s world, but the best in Malaysia of its class

In other words, if you put on perfume, initially you’ll smell it. But after that you don’t smell it. Whereas when you come up to people they smell it. So really the point of perfume is the other people and for that reason you should buy good scent.

The prophet SAW bought the best scent. Even though he was very frugal in his other matters. In perfume, he actually wore the best perfume.”

(Sheikh Hamza Yusuf)

top

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

沉香的抗菌作用

沉香属自然界中少数具有强烈抗菌效能的生药材,这个特性使得沉香自最早的药典中记录为极为珍贵的药材。沉香的主要功效为袪除体内恶气” 调节体内气的运行,对于肝、胃、肾、肺部的疾病,殊为要药。现代研究证明:沉香在药理上有明显的抗菌作用,国产沉香煎剂对人型结核杆菌有完全抑制作用;对伤寒和福氏痢疾杆菌,亦有强烈抗菌作用。沉香的主要效能是去除恶气、调节体内气的运行。大多数的疾病,如急性病(感冒等)和慢性病(癌症或肝炎等),均是病毒、细菌、毒素等侵入体内,或是因为体内的调节机能运行不顺而引起的。沉香的功效特点正是治疗病的根源:健康的人服用可以防止体内恶气的累积,维持体内调节机能的正常运行。     在抗非典期间中成药方中含有沉香的新雪颗粒, 被著名名老中医推荐为抗非典药物。在香味疗法中把沉香研成细末压片或原块,用药面置室内安全处或熏香炉内点燃,密闭门窗,使药气弥漫。功效:能净化空气, 芳香除湿,解毒辟秽。主治:四时不正之气,或阴雾瘴气,潮湿地气及痘疹之人周身瘙痒。长时间吸入沉香香味,与服食无异,都有相同的治病疗效。可见,沉香的 药理作用和临床应用范围是十分广泛的,其开发应用前景也是十分广阔的。在古印度和古埃及年代,都记载着香味治病的方法,所以香味疗法历史源头是相当古老的,沉香在燃烧之前,几乎没什么香味,但在燃烧时,就会产生清幽的香味,这种香味会宁心定志,使人紧张的情绪放松,对容易失眠的能辅助入眠,它的香气也能行气、理气,祛除体内的恶气,调节体内气的运行。古人用芳香疗法来医治疾病,绝大多数是采用熏蒸法,特别是四大文明古国的宗教徒们礼拜,常常燃点艾叶、菖蒲、乳香、沉香、檀香、玫瑰花等芳香物,用以驱逐秽气、杀虫灭菌,对一些病人的治疗也有一定的效果。

top

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Take off 起飞计划

Natural beige driftwood sculpture, no artificial coloring.

Driftwood

Take off 起飞计划

top

Posted in Driftwood | Leave a comment

41gm

Sinking wood 41 grams.

CIMG1163

Front

CIMG1165

Rear

CIMG1164

Rear

CIMG1167

Left

CIMG1166

Right

CIMG1168

Top

.

.

.

.

Click pictures to enlarge.

top

Posted in Sinking wood | Leave a comment

End of Cambodi

If you’re new to the world of Oud, one word you hear being chanted all over the place is ‘Cambodi’. So, what is Oud Cambodi, anyway?

In the beginning, there was Oud Hindi. This was the deep, reddish-brown juice that was presented to the Sheikhs and Emirs, Sultans and dignitaries in fancy crystal flasks back in the 1970s as the ultimate olfactory wonder. Then, there came a stage when the jungles of Assam felt like they were coughing up the very last trees they had in store, so the Bengali and Indian tycoons of the Oud trade started sniffing around for a solution. Laotian Oud being too sharp when distilled the Hindi way, and Burma being impenetrably closed off for the most part, they could only turn to the ‘next best’ thing down the block, which was ‘Oud Cambodi’.

As the sheikhs in white headscarves flew back and forth, from Delhi to Phnom Penh, from Dakka to Phnom Penh, from Dubai to Phnom Penh, from Dammam to Phnom Penh, from Doha to Phnom Penh… all the while repeating the oft-chanted mantra of ‘Oudh Combodi’… the term stuck in the mind of the Oud consuming world. It gained such hold in the brains of Saudis and Emiratis that you could hear them chanting among themselves, as they ate camel mandi, ‘Com-Bo-Di! Com-Bo-Di! Com-Bo-Di!’ And they whispered it in the ears of their spellbound children as they put them to sleep, ‘If you behave yourself, you get a bottle of Combodi.’

Now, as the Bengalis who run the Oudh conglomerates of the Emirates rapped on, something alarming started to happen in the forests of Kampung Speu. And then Pursat. And then Koh Kong… The hunters of Oudh Combodi stopped finding any trees to make their Oudh from. But it was too late. The people had been told that there is nothing as precious or as chique as Oudh Combodi. And so Oudh Combodi they had to have. What to do? It was a decisive moment in the history of Oudh, as the white head-scarfed Sequoia drivers and their Bengali tigers decided it was time to move yet further East in search of their juice. (All the while, the people kept chanting all over the streets of Riyadh, ‘Com-BO-DI! Com-BO-DI!’) And so they discovered Oudh Undonusi (lit. ‘Indonesian Oud’). Of course, this immediately became the new ‘Oudh Combodi’.

Last  witnessed (2007), ‘Combodi Qadeem’ was a mix of Indian, Thai and Papuan Ouds, according to a fortuitous inspiration of ‘the Boss’ one day.

So then, to return to our question, what on earth is ‘Oud Cambodi’?

Well, a Cambodi is a Hindi is a Thai is a Maroke is a Borneo, or any combination of oils from any of these regions. In reality, a ‘Cambodi’ today is anything but Cambodian. And it hasn’t been since 2004.

But wait, what about all the ‘fruitilicious’ and ‘jammy’ and ‘figgy’ and ultra sticky Cambodis and Thaqeels, Koh Kongs and Kampucheas, and all the rest of them that they keep bringing from Islamabad to Vancouver to Victoria to New York City? Do I mean to say that none of these oils are ‘Cambodis’? Unfortunately, that is exactly so. They are either Thai oils that have been oxidized to smell like a faint resemblance of their long gone progenitors, or Aquilaria crassna trees that are cultivated within the ‘legal’ boundaries of Cambodia, and which bear as much resemblance to their wild forefathers as Oud Yusha does to Qi Nam Khmer. (In case you haven’t smelled both, very little resemblance.)

Stop. Hold it right there. I am not saying that they are inferior, or not noteworthy oils in their own right, each and every (other) one of them. What I am saying is, by smelling Oud Yusha, you’re not smelling Oud Cambodi à la 1970s Cambodi. You’re smelling a very different type of Oud Cambodi, if that’s what you insist that we call it. You’re smelling the ‘Cambodi’ of the Future. The ‘Cambodi’ of the Past is now… history (or better yet, archeology).

–Article from Ensar–

 top

Posted in Depleting Agarwood | Leave a comment

34gm

Sinking wood 34 grams.

CIMG1156

沉水 — 34克

top

Posted in Sinking wood | Leave a comment

65gm

Sinking wood for sale, rare and amazing ! Total 65 grams.

2

65 grams to let go.

top

Posted in Sinking wood | 4 Comments

12gm

I got it from hunter today, weight 12grams sinking wood.

CIMG1132

Sinking wood

Posted in Sinking wood | 1 Comment

奇楠沉香手珠

一串奇楠沉香手珠賣200萬
1185033_389481791174496_1401385336_n
北京晨報 (13/08/13)
沉香的價格之貴,素有“木中鑽石”之稱。據知名文化學者揚之水介紹,沉香是中國、日本、印度及其他東南亞國家的傳統藥材和名貴天然香料,在傳統中醫 學、藏醫學和印度傳統醫學中已有幾千年的應用歷史,其藥用、精油、香料等方面市場需求量巨大。“粗略統計,目前全世界沉香交易額達200億元以上。據史料 記載,在宋代,上等品是一兩沉香一兩金;到了明代,就變成了一寸沉香一寸金。”
現如今,收藏級別的沉香價格已經遠超黃金。記者在展會現場瞭解到,目前市場上的上品沉香——奇楠的價格1克近萬元。如果用作熏香,“品一夜香就可能燒掉數萬元”。即使是用以制香的普通越南沉香,2002年在邊貿市場價格為6元/克,如今已經漲到了120元/克,十年間價格漲了20倍。
據參展商徐先生介紹,自前年開始,沉香的價格一路飆升,連續兩年以每年超過30%的幅度上漲。其中,收藏級別的沉香原料價格為每千克100萬元,品質 最高的頂級奇楠沉香原料價格則高達每千克1000萬元。“一串奇楠沉香手珠,視品質不同,目前的市場價格應該在180萬至250萬元之間;即使不是奇楠, 只要是能沉水的手珠,價格也起碼過20萬元。若由名雕刻家製成藝術品,每克的價格就要數十萬元。”
剛剛落幕的北京沉香文化博覽會傳來消息,3天的銷售額可能達到4000萬至5000萬元。記者在展會調查採訪獲悉,沉香價格已連續數年以每年三成的幅 度迅速上漲,不斷飆升的價格背後,尚未成熟的沉香市場被“十香九假”的現狀困擾,業內人士憂心忡忡,假貨氾濫可能為沉香市場帶來滅頂之災。

八成依賴進口
國產沉香產量稀少市場罕見
此次沉香博覽會的中國沉香特展由天津沉香藝術博物館特別整理出部分館藏,並在社會上徵集了一些重要標本,展示中國海南、廣西、廣東、雲南、香港等各個 產區的沉香。然而據記者瞭解,在沉香價格突飛猛漲的同時,現在國產沉香在市場上卻難得一見,市場上的沉香絕大多數依賴進口。
中國野生動植物保護協會副秘書長趙勝利告訴記者,儘管我國沉香需求越來越大,但市場上的沉香卻多源自進口。“目前,東南亞地區是世界沉香的主產地,而 我國的沉香主要集中在海南、臺灣、廣東、廣西,而且產量十分稀少,市場上已經十分罕見。近年來,市場對沉香的需求量成倍增長,國內產量遠遠不能滿足市場的 需求,我國沉香年需求近500噸,其中近80%以上靠進口。”

“十香九假”
或為沉香市場帶來滅頂之災
近年來,沉香價格持續飆升,沉香加工也成為暴利行業。然而業內人士告訴記者,目前沉香市場上九成為假貨和劣質貨。
“可以說是‘十香九假’。”天津沉香藝術博物館負責人黃毅告訴記者,業界對沉香市場假貨氾濫的現狀充滿危機感,認為這可能為尚未成熟的沉香市場帶來滅 頂之災。“目前沉香還沒有被大多數消費者認可,處在很敏感的發展時期。如果消費者一再被假貨坑害,無疑會對市場失去認同,這對整個行業來說都是危險的。”
據記者瞭解,目前市場上的沉香製品主要有沉香手串、沉香山子、沉香筆筒等,其中又屬沉香手串最受到追捧,也是造假者的主要目標。據業內人士透露,最常 見的造假方法就是以次充好和以假亂真。印尼、緬甸、越南等地也都產沉香,但中國海南沉香為上品。有人就混淆產地,用越南、印尼等地的沉香冒充海南沉香,牟 取暴利。
另外,用沉香木冒充沉香,也是近年最常見的坑人把戲。把沒有結香的沉香木放在水中浸泡至木質發黑,再加入藥渣蒸煮,添加化學香精,便可做出假沉香。也有人通過高壓法壓縮沉香體積來增加密度,甚至以針管向香內注射水銀,使其在水中能夠下沉。
據黃毅介紹,假貨往往手段高明,從外觀到氣味,一般人很難分辨,而沉香的鑒別手法要求“看、摸、聞、燒”,普通消費者很難掌握。

 top

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bamboo stick inducement

Many of us ask when to do inoculation??

Whenever the tree trunk reaches 4″ at breast high diameter (BHD), it is considered mature enough to perform inoculation regardless of any method available nowadays. Could it be liquid inoculation or Bamboo stick from Witsawa (Thailand).

In my farm , i have started to induce the trees when BHD is 3″. The inducement of Bamboo sticks is carried out in stages in order not to kill the trees at one time. Keep the drilling holes at a distance say 12″ apart, by next year we drill another hole 4″ from the first one, and the following year another hole 4″ from the second one. Repeat this pattern for the entire tree. By the time you come to harvest you will have different grades of products.

Sinensis inducement

25-month Sinensis, planted Aug 2011, photo taken Aug 2013

Sinensis inducement

25-month Sinensis, planted Aug 2011, photo taken Aug 2013

Doing this way will shorten the waiting time, while awaiting for the trees to grow bigger.

 top

Posted in Inoculation | Leave a comment

Agarwood investors or growers must read

Agarwood inoculation provides opportunity for business for many. One US company was trying to sell kits to Lao famers for $100 US per kit, per tree. Clearly this is unreasonable and shows little understanding for the situation in Laos, where the annual per capita GDP at $3000 USD. The inoculation is a secret blend of chemicals, or sugars, or simple bacteria and fungi, which is then driven into the tree trunk. Those with plantations will buy or make inoculation kits to increase the value of their trees, of course. But whether the cost of the land, the seedlings (also a profitable side business,) the inoculation kits and the time involved, the years to grow and infect the trees, will pay, is another question.

You would be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Browsing the internet, it’s easy to find agarwood “consultants” to help you in all areas of your plantation. Promised return on the investment is 7 years. This promise is common. The trees will grow, most probably. But even though they can be inoculated at just a couple of years of age, and even though they can technically be harvested at 3-7 years, the possibility of harvesting good agarwood to make Oud is slim. To make quality Oud, the trees should have a naturally occurring infection, not an inoculation. And most probably the trees will need to be much older, maybe 15-20 years. But the biggest obstacle is that how many of us are willing to wait.

bloomberg-business-week-hedge-fund-cover

If you want to venture into Agarwood planting with your hard earned saving, you should read this link …

Why not to buy Touchwood forestry — Is Touchwood in trouble ??

Posted in Agarwood dilemma | Leave a comment

Tree injury prevention

I have received repeated questions from either visitors or village people on why plastic cover was used ? Following photos were taken on 12 July 2012 when the trees were 11-month old. For weed management, I don’t use herbicide to control the weed. With my workers available, i ensure them to cut the weed by lawn cutter. Prior to the countermeasure there were some trees damaged completely during the cutting process. Later, suggestion to cover the tree with a protective mean by using plastic bottle.

Sinensis

This tree had been injured prior to countermeasure. The injured location may be weak enough to support if strong wind is present, the tree tends to collapse. If the cut is too deep, the tree may die.

Sinensis

The cut was quite obvious. With the protective cover installed, worker will be alerted to retract the cutting stroke.

top

Posted in Cultivated Agarwood | Leave a comment

Indecisive situation

One proverb says “A woman can satisfy only to one man but can not satisfy every men”.

indecisive

Whatever you do, people will always find something new to say. If you venture into Gaharu business, this universal problem will hit you, always you find problem with people opinions. If you pay too much attention to others, you are not managing yourself. Indecisive condition will drag you further, firm to your own decision after having analyzed those inputs you gained from the senior.

There are always lots of way doing something, just a matter you do it long way or through short-cut. A long way does not mean a wrong way and short-cut does not represent a proper method. You will reach the destination eventually. No one will judge this way is wrong or right. Choose a way that you feel comfortable and reasonable, you proceed, after all perfect does not exist in the imperfect world.

top

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment