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Tasmanian Myrtle Nothofagus cunninghamii
VERSATILE PINK HARDWOOD
Very similar to the other great Australian hardwood, jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata), myrtle has a reddish color that darkens with age, and a smooth, even surface that can exhibit interesting figure and a little mottling from medullary rays. It is relatively easy to use, though there is some interlocking grain and some evidence of a little movement. Make sure you experiment with glue before assembly, but screwing and nailing should be fine. It is a versatile lumber, with the advantage of intriguing color and subtle grain pattern with good luster.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Temperate hardwood
Other names Tasmanian beech, Australian beech, myrtle beech
Similar species Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata)
Sources Australia
Color Light red-brown that darkens with age, with narrow, pale sapwood
Texture Fine and even with a good luster
Grain Straight or wavy, but with some interlocking grain and some risk of knots and defects
Hardness Medium to hard
Weight Medium to heavy (45 lb./cu, ft.) (720 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Little Tasmanian myrtle is exported to North America, and the price is likely to be medium to high. It does not appear to be endangered.


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