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Allen Alexopulos

Tasmanian Myrtle Bowl

Tasmanian Myrtle Bowl Base: 1 1/16" dia Height: 2" Diameter at rim: 6" Wall Thickness: 1/4"

Tasmanian Myrtle Bowl
Allen Alexopulos, Jul 17, 2004
    • Paul Porter

      Is that wood also know as Red Myrtle?

    • Allen Alexopulos
      Hi Paul,

      It could well be. I purchased the blank from a shop in Annapolis that specializes in exotic lumber. It was clealy marked with a symbol that indicated to the owner that it was Tazmanian Myrtle. However, in scanning through a number of images in this gallery it has become very clear to me that most myrtles are not red.

      I would be delighted if you could shed some light on this. If I have mis-identified the species, I would like to correct it immediately.

      Thanks for the inquiry,

      PS: Paul, I did a bit of research out on the web and found that Tasmanian Myrtle is also known as Red Myrtle, Tasmanian Beech and Australian Cherry. Its scientific name is Northofagus cunninghamii. ...FYI..
    • Paul Porter
      Hi Allen,

      The reason I asked was, I bought a bowl blank form the local Rockler store. It was marked as Red Myrtle. It has great figure. I roughed it out and it's in the drying (seasoning?) stage. I'll post a photo when I finish the piece.

      Take care,
    • Allen Alexopulos
      Hello Paul,

      I'm looking forward to seeing your Red Myrtle piece!
      The Tasmanian/Red Myrtle piece shown above had far more color and figure than I had expected. In fact, the day that I bought the blank, I was actually looking for some Jarrah. I came home with several pieces of each and based on this first attempt am really looking foward to turning a Red Myrtle burl that I bought that day.

      Best Regards,
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