Thursday, June 18, 2009

Handmade Myrtlewood French Knitting Spool Knitter

Dave crafted this beautiful little Myrtlewood spool knitter in the shape of a small 3 ¾ inch flower vase. It is accented with a Cherry wood top and has four solid brass knitting pins. Also included is a 5 ¼ inch long needle he made from Myrtlewood with a Cherry wood finial. It is initialed and dated by Dave.
This gorgeous spool knitter is currently up for auction on Ebay.

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.