Healthy Living on July 22, 2009 by

Myrtle Spurtles

We recently received a dozen spurtles we ordered from Tim Cebulla. He made them all of Oregon myrtle wood on his lathe, but each one is a little different from all the others.

 What the heck is a spurtle? you may be wondering. It is a Scottish cooking implement used to stir oats (porridge) as they cook. We will be competing in the 16th Annual Golden Spurtle™ World Porridge Making Championship in Carrbridge, Scotland on October 11 as the first contender from the US. See

 Tim designs and makes hand-turned wood items for his business, Wood I Kid You. In addition to spurtles, he makes writing instruments, kitchen items, desk accessories, vanity items, pendant watches, mirrors, weaving and knitting items, and custom items – he can even make a baseball bat, wine goblets, or a wizard’s wand! He also makes non-turned items such as cribbage boards.


12 Unique Spurtles

12 Unique Spurtles

A retired USPS maintenance supervisor, Tim has been turning wood since 2002, after working in a woodcraft store and taking a lathe class.

 Tim also makes accessories for his wife Judy and her sister’s business, “Threads of Magique.” They make fantasy dolls, felted wall hangings, and fabric art.

 They both offer their products for sale on and Tim also sells his artwork at the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market, where he is a board member.

 Tim uses salvaged wood whenever possible, and native Oregon woods, especially myrtle wood, but also madrone and Manzanita and exotic woods like zebrawood and cocobolo.

 We will be using one of these spurtles to stir our steel cut oats in Scotland. Hopefully it will bring us luck in the contest!


Megan says:

Sweet spurtles! I might have to order one now. I like the Myrtlewood mortar and pestle, too. Such crafty work!

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C says:

I’ve got a few pounds of Bob’s steelcut oats in the pantry and the finest Bull Run water on tap. The only thing standing between me and making a bowl of the World’s Greatest Porridge must be my lack of a myrtle spurtle. So, I’ve just ordered a couple from Tim’s etsy site.

Thanks for sharing the info, Sue!

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