Thursday, April 14, 2011

Legend of the Myrtle Tree

Legend of the Myrtle Tree

"Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the Myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."
ISAIAH 55:13

America's most beautiful hardwood comes from the Myrtle tree. Rarest of all woods, the symmetrical, broadleaf, evergreen Myrtle grows only in south-western Oregon (Coos, Curry and Douglas counties). The coloring of the wood is unique, varying from a sedate, satiny gray to riotous, mulit-colored grains of red, yellow and brown, with many burls and shapes in its grain. It takes a century or more for the Myrtle to grow to commercial size. Green unseasoned logs will not float.

postmarked in 2010 with two 15 cent stamps, one of Frances Perkins and one Season's Greetings - both are from 1980.

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