Today I'm talking about drying vertically, making a fender, and highlighting Oregon Myrtle as my species of the episode.
Featured Species: Oregon Myrtle
I recently built a table using very curly Oregon Myrtle for the top. This is a lovely wood that is in the white wood palette with some warm browns and red overtones. It was super easy to work with a close, diffuse porous grain. Despite the high amount of figure it planed very well. It finished to a lovely luster. The secret here is the larger pores that keep the density down while still being a closed grain wood. They offset the hardness a bit and make the entire species act more uniformly under chopping and planing.
This is not an exterior wood and should be kept indoors in application. But is is a refreshingly different look from the more common Maple and Birch interior woods. The tree is prone to more figure and burls based on how it grows and there can be some very interesting grain on display.