Myrtlewood Bowl

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Project by mot posted 11-11-2007 12:38 AM 2750 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 11-11-2007 12:47 AM

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 11-11-2007 12:50 AM

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 11-11-2007 12:53 AM


-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 11-11-2007 12:57 AM

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 11-11-2007 12:59 AM


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 11-11-2007 01:25 AM

Great presentation ! Bowl came out really nice.

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

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#7 posted 11-11-2007 02:33 AM

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

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 11-11-2007 02:48 AM

Good looking bowl Tom!

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

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#9 posted 11-11-2007 02:55 AM

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

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#10 posted 11-11-2007 03:30 AM

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 11-11-2007 03:33 AM

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 11-11-2007 03:37 AM

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 11-11-2007 04:18 AM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 11-11-2007 05:20 PM

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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#15 posted 11-12-2007 02:23 AM

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

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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