Saturday, April 18, 2009

Oregon Myrtlewood Tatting Shuttle

Dave has handcrafted this small 2 1/4 inch tatting shuttle from golden colored Oregon Myrtlewood and burn etched this starburst design on both sides. This shuttle has a hand rubbed bees wax finish and has been initialed and dated by Dave. This shuttle is currently up for auction on Ebay.

~What is Oregon Myrtlewood?~

Oregon Myrtlewood is a broadleaf evergreen native to Southwestern Oregon and Northwestern California. Although different, Oregon Myrtlewood has a lot of similarities to the Myrtlewood growing in the Holy Land. Oregon Myrtlewood became popular for making gift items back in the early 1900’s. Oregon Myrtlewood possesses a wide variety of beautiful colors and grain patterns and is noted by many as being one of the world’s most beautiful woods. The colors range from blond to black with many shades of honey, browns, grays, reds and greens in between. Oregon woodworkers have developed a small cottage industry making handcrafted Myrtle wood products and gifts for visitors. Many beautiful gifts and works of art crafted out of Myrtlewood. In the Bible, the Myrtle tree is of special religious significance, representing fertility and life.