Tasmanian Myrtle (Nothofagus cunninghamii) is a native tree of Tasmania’s temperate rain forest which is also found in parts of Victoria. The tree itself can grow quite large (up to around 50m tall) with a sizable trunk so you can get some pretty nice sized planks. The wood is pink to light red when milled and the grain can vary from really straight to quite wavy (and difficult to work). As it ages the surface tends to go a light brown but if planed or sanded will display its beautiful, original reddish pink again.
Myrtle is a popular timber for fine cabinetry; it is generally easy to work although, as mentioned, areas of wavy or ‘fiddleback’ grain can be a right pain. It glues well and very strong; not rot resistant and doesn’t last well outdoors but, who cares, no one would use it for that anyway. Very popular with the wood turning community and some of the ‘featured’ timber can look quite spectacular.
We source most of ours from old tables, chairs, cabinets, etc that are being thrown out; don’t find it often in house demolitions and this is possibly because it would be no better structurally than Tasmanian Oak, except more expensive.