Tasmanian Myrtle

Nothofagus cunninghamii

A striking wood with rich red, pink and brown tones, Myrtle is a medium sized hardwood belonging to the same family as the beeches in NZ and South America.

It is the major species found in Tasmanian rainforests.

With colour varying from pink to a warm reddish brown, this timber is even-textured and has a fine grain that can be straight, interlocked or feature a fiddleback pattern.

Myrtle can produce knotty wood and burls, which are highly coveted and invariably favoured and sought by craftspeople.

Myrtle makes an excellent veneer and finishing timber, delivering a very smooth finish. It is also suitable for steam bending and turning, and is traditionally used for spindle turning and bowls.