WOW....Cook Woods

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Blog entry by OldWrangler posted 10-16-2014 04:48 PM 1969 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

WOW!!! Cook Woods in Oregon recently had a sale, a kinda reverse auction. Prices kept getting lower by the day. By the end of the week all the good stuff had been bought. Being the “Wood Ho” that I am I ordered several pieces of plain Myrtle. I have never worked with Myrtle so at these prices why not try some. They came in quickly and as I thought, they were pretty plain but I can use them for accent or contrast pieces. So this morning I re sawed a piece in half and look what jumped out of the middle when run through the planer. WOW, was I surprised and happy. This is a SPW (Special Purpose Wood). Don’t know what I am gonna do with it. Boxes, box tops, drawer fronts and that kind of projects come to mind. Tell me what you think and send me some ideas, this wood is too special to waste.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 05:55 PM

Gheeeezzz – that’s not too attractive is it ? there’s a multitude of things that can happen with that wood and all of them would turn out REALLY nice

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 07:34 PM


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#3 posted 10-17-2014 10:14 AM

Hi from across the pond. Does Myrtle have another name? What’s it like to work with, I don’t think we have it over here, shame as it looks beautiful


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#4 posted 10-17-2014 11:26 AM

Hey JGG,
Here is what the lumber co. says and some examples they have for sale….............................

$49.99 W33930 specs:8 lbs. 36″ x 8-1/8″ x 7/8″

“Myrtleis one of our specialty woods, as it is grown and harvested right here in our home state of Oregon, hand selected by us, trucked with our semi to our yard, and carefully milled in our facility. Myrtlewood is renowned throughout the Pacific Northwest for its excellent machining and finishing properties as well as its beautiful color, spicy aroma, and figure. Also known as Bay Laurel, California Olive, Pepper wood, or Spice tree wood, this versatile hardwood grows only in Oregon and Northernmost California. Colors range drastically even in the same log so that a range from golden yellow, green, black, brown, tan, and violet can exist. Each board is unique, making each project a one of a kind. Flame or fiddleback is a rare quality that few boards posses. Myrtle wood is great for the beginner and expert alike.

This lumber was cut from a large colorful log with exquisite cluster burl and fiddleback! It is kiln dried and surfaced on two sides. Boards have been selected for the maximum amount of figure. Some small natural bark incursions are present in some boards. Most are completely clear. Some boards may have a few hairline checks generally in the burl areas that can be anything from very short to 2-3” in length. This is a fantastic batch of very beautiful Oregon Myrtlewood. Great to use for boxes, picture frames and more!”

I’m not sure you have anything like this on your side. There is a true Myrtle called M. communis that grows in So. England and all along the Med. Sea but it may not have the colors and grains of this wood from Oregon. It could be this wood is not really in the Myrtle family Myrtus. In Texas we have both Crape Myrtle and the Mountain Laurel but neither tree get very big and I have never seen any of that wood that looks like this. Some of your old-growth Euro-Olive trees have a wonderful wood you might look into. BTW, It works like a dream. Cuts good, glues well and finishes spectacular with a hand-rubbed oil.

At the great prices Cook Woods has, you might consider a large group purchase by the wood workers in your area that could be shipped by boat to keep the cost down. Many boards like these I’ve shown are prices at below $40 US. And that is about all I can tell you. Go to and look at their website.

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#5 posted 10-17-2014 05:10 PM

Something I did not know! Of course; I have only been a resident here for 5 years, and am finally learning something abut the area.

Beautiful wood! Would make stunning cribbage boards! Awesome clocks, beautiful crosses and even small table baskets!

I am going to have to start looking for some in the “free-firewood” ads.

Please share pictures of the projects! Thanks.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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