Oregon Myrtle wood products

truffler1635 at my-deja.com truffler1635 at my-deja.com
Fri Oct 27 11:48:51 EST 2000

In article <39f7c3ec.50656853 at news.mcbridebc.net>,
  lstamm at mcbridebc.net (Larry Stamm) wrote:
> There is a growing demand for myrtlewood for backs/sides in acoustic
> guitars too.  Anybody know of someone who can supply tonewood quality
> myrtlewood?
> Larry
I *believe* you may have to create it yourself, Larry. It is a rather
long process. First dig a trench near a stream or creek where water can
seep into the wood. Bury an Oregon Myrtle log for 5-8 years. Unearth the
log, wash, and allow to air dry for 2 years. Slab at will.

In Southern Oregon, a small cup-fungus known as Chlorociboria
aeruginascens, _gradually_ degrades some of the interior myrtle wood in
time. This same fungus when grown on pine appears to have been used with
Strativarius violin construction.

Ergo, this might be a good fungus to learn how to cultivate. But the time
frame for creating such "stained" wood (it creates a blue-green stain on
pine, but on myrtle the stains can be almost any color, often a grayish
to blackish stain) precludes all but the most dedicated carpenters from
using it or creating it.

Daniel B. Wheeler

> On Wed, 18 Oct 2000 17:39:57 GMT, truffler1635 at my-deja.com wrote:
> >snipped...<
> >	But a few new markets exist. Religious items sold throughout the
> >United States account for a third of the Wooden Nickel's sales, said
> >Harvey Johnston, an owner of the Port Orford operation, one of the
> >coast's largest myrtlewood factories and retail businesses.
> _______________________________
> Larry Stamm
> http://www.mcbridebc.net/~lstamm

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