29 cm (length) x 19 cm (width) x 9 cm (height) (Code B2). This beautiful large jewellery box has a lid made from rare Australian Myrtle Burl. The inside is lined with triple black velvet and includes a removable tray with ring slots. It is the perfect gift for any occasion be it Christmas or a birthday.
Myrtle belongs to the same family as the beech tree of Europe, and is sometimes called Myrtle Beech or Australian Cherry. It grows in the wet forests across Tasmania and requires moist and sheltered conditions. Myrtle is highly valued for its rich colors of red, brown, orange and pink, which combine to form a warm, delicate and almost feminine appearance to the wood.These exquisite colors are generated by the interaction of the highly fertile soil with the basalt rock beneath. Because of the badly managed forestry practices in Tasmania, this magnificent tree is being clear felled and wood chipped. We manage to obtain these rare burls from specially licensed wood collectors in Tasmania, who go in after a forest has been decimated, and bring out as much of the discarded timber before it is piled up and burnt. Myrtle cannot be regrown easily, as it needs an incredibly unique environmental balance before it can grow. Myrtle burl is one of the types of wood where spalting can occasionally occur.
Burls can be found on many species of trees. They are irregular growths protruding from the trunk, and can vary greatly in shape and size. It is believed they are caused by parasites or insects which irritate the tree, causing this strange growth to develop, similar to how a pearl is created in an oyster. In the past, burls were discarded as waste, but they are now highly sought after for their exquisite grain and beauty. The large variety of burls used in the lids of our boxes makes each of them a unique and one-off piece.
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You can also visit my gallery in the Dandenong Ranges Melbourne and view all my jewellery boxes and sculptural work. The item "Hand-made Wooden Jewellery Box Australian Rare Myrtle Burl" is in sale since Saturday, June 28, 2014. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Jewellery Boxes & Organisers\Jewellery Boxes".The seller is "woodalchemy" and is located in Kallista. This item can be shipped worldwide.