myrtle wood

MYRTLE WOOD

Myrtle is a treasure from the coastal forests of the American Northwest.  It has a cream colored sapwood transitioning into heartwood that can range from tan to olive to gold, often with black steaks following the grain.  The most desired pieces can be covered with fiddleback and/or burl figure.  Also known as Oregon Myrtle, California Bay Laurel, and Pepperwood, it will freshen up your shop with its spicy aroma.

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Characteristics of Myrtle

Origin of Wood Type Northwest Coast USA
Botanical Name Umbellularia californica
Specific Gravity 0.85
Avg. Weight Per BF 4.41 lb/ft
Color Range Yellow – Gold – Green – Brown;   Often With Black – Brown Streaking
Rarity / Availability Moderately Rare
Typical Avg. Width 4″ to 20″
Typical Avg. Length 4′ to 12′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.50
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Musical Instruments, Wood Turning, Veneer, Gunstocks, Knife Handles, Inlay Work, Joinery, 4.41and more
Lumber Grades Flitch, Quartersawn
Other Trade Names American Myrtle, Oregon Myrtle, California Bay Laurel, Pepperwood, California Laurel, California Olive, Baytree, Spice-tree, Pacific Myrtle
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