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 Post subject: Oregon Myrtle
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:49 pm 
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Hey Folks,

On our recent road trip, south to San Fransisco, we passed a number of roadside shops selling "Oregon Myrtlewood" items. Most were "Myrtlewood Factory" outfits, which I suspect is a franchise. I've often sped passed these places with little knowledge of what myrtle wood is, or with little inclination to find out. My parents had a pair of myrtlewood salt and pepper grinders, and I've heard that it makes an exceptional tone wood, but other than that, I knew very little about it.

Then, we stopped at Humbug Mountain State Park Wayside in Oregon, and ate lunch in a Myrtlewood grove.

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So I did a Wiki search on Myrtlewood, and found that it is also California Bay, aka Pepperwood, which I have used to make bay rum and cook with.

I've always been in a rush to get from one place to another on US 101, but maybe next time, I'll stop and pick up some lumber.

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Tom

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 Post subject: Re: Oregon Myrtle
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:57 pm 
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I bought some myrtlewood a couple of years ago and was quite pleased with how it worked. A bit on the fuzzy side when it comes to sanding, it otherwise was a good experience. The range of colors and the grain were really great. It appears that it can be found in pretty large slabs if that's your thing. If you find a good source, be sure to let us know.


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 Post subject: Re: Oregon Myrtle
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:34 am 
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i have used myrtle for several furniture projects - it's very stable, can find lots of tones, and finishes nicely.
heads up - it is very hard and takes the edge off pretty quickly - a little splintery - and sometimes when working it it feels gritty like teak

here's a music stand from a few years back
jerry


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