Myrtlewood Bowl

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Project by mot posted 2449 days ago 2195 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks,

As I’ve accomplished almost nothing in the shop in weeks, I decided to turn a hunk of myrtlewood that an old shop teacher of mine gave me. I’m not wild about the form, but the wood has some pretty neat character. I’ve never turned this stuff before so I can’t tell you what the lighter inclusions are all about. The wood turns like most hard woods; it cuts fine, tears out a bit, sands in a cloud of dust. It’s sanded to 400g and finished with Watco danish oil. Overall, I give it a C+ or a B- if I’m feeling generous. Now that it’s turned I think it would have made a nice lidded box…oh well.

Thanks for looking.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 2449 days ago

very nice tom ive never heard of myrtle wood where is it from ? has a very cool grain well done

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#2 posted 2449 days ago

Very interesting wood, Tom. Good job.

And those strawberries you turned look almost real! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 2449 days ago


-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 2449 days ago

Thanks, guys.

mrtrim: the only info I could find is that it’s native to Oregon and Northern California. I didn’t read much else.

Charlie: I’m getting pretty good at the strawberries, but that pomegranate really gave me fits.

Blake: you’re too kind.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 2449 days ago


This is nice, but I agree with you; it would have made a nice box.

Just kidding – great job! Way to get back in the shop and make something!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 2449 days ago

Great presentation ! Bowl came out really nice.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 2449 days ago

Beautiful! – I think you made a good choice in the bowl.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 2449 days ago

Good looking bowl Tom!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 2449 days ago

Stunning grain and nice box you turned here but, whre’s the lid? ;o)

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#10 posted 2449 days ago

Nice job Tom. Interesting grain pattern. I was reading about the wood and noticed that they say that the leaves have quite an aroma (True Bay leaf). Did the wood smell when you turned it?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 2449 days ago

I agree its an A+. Maybe it was a B and your photography put it over the top! (Wink)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 2449 days ago

Thanks again folks. I’m not sure the aroma was anything to note. The wood was pretty dry. I think the bowl looks better in the hand than in picture, so maybe it gets an upgrade….I dunno. I was just happy to actually pull something out of the shop.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 2449 days ago

Tom. The bowl is a keeper. And the fruit makes it outstanding.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 2448 days ago

Wow those are huge strawberries Tom.

Or is it a small bowl? I’m going A+ also.

Nice job!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Greg Mitchell

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#15 posted 2448 days ago

Great looking bowl Tom. I think the shape looks just fine.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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