The Myrtle Tree of Southern Oregon and Northern California has quite a unique and somewhat controversial history. It may be that the Oregon myrtle was here long before this continent was discovered. Or maybe, as some like to believe, it was brought to the Pacific Coast by some of Sir Francis Drake's men. They may have picked up some of the myrtle nuts on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and upon reaching our shore, planted them.
Dan Chadwick, local wood turner, picked up a large slab of old, black Myrtlewood in Southern Oregon and has been keeping an eye on it in his shop for years, waiting for the right time and inspiration to transform it. This is the first bowl, with many more to come.
Approx 11" diameter and 2.5" tall