It’s always an exciting time when new logs come in! Take a look at these beautiful and unique Myrtle and Big Leaf Maple logs.
Big Leaf Maple grows in the Pacific Northwest. In this region it is fairly common, but figure mutations of curl, burl and quilt are quite rare. Only one tree out of hundreds will be figured, but the figure is often exceptional. The logs often have only small sections of figure and it takes an experienced sawyer to cut the log to reveal the figure. This is referred to as “chasing the figure”.
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 streaks 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.
Both of these species are great for fine furniture, musical instruments, wood turning, and veneer. We can’t wait to share more photos once we get them on the sawmill!