Porridge? Well, simply put-they’re oats. usually steel cut oats, not what us Americans are used to.
A Spurtle? A spurtle is a porridge legend with a lot of myths surrounding it. It’s a wooden stirring “stick” used for making porridge that dates back to the 15th century.
The shape prevents lumps, unlike a wooden spoon, and also prevents the porridge, or oats, from sticking to it. A lot of thought went into designing it, it seems. Here, I’m standing with Bob Moore, the man on the Bob’s Red Mill packaging, with my BRM newly-awarded
Oregon, where Bob’s Red Mill is located, makes their spurtles with myrtlewood. Here’s a myrtlewood tree.
In the Bible, the Myrtle tree is of special religious significance, representing fertility and life. Although a larger tree with a little different flower type, Oregon Myrtlewood has a lot of similarities to the Myrtlewood growing in the Holy Land. “Instead of the brier shall come up the Myrtle tree” Isaiah 55:13.
Oregon Myrtlewood became popular for making gift items back in the early 1900’s. It is a hardwood which takes many finishes well. Oregon woodworkers have developed a small cottage industry making handcrafted Myrtlewood products and gifts for visitors and residents of the area.
A couple of videos for you to view-the first is mine I made of my Oregon trip to compete for the trip to Scotland, and the second is Bob’s video of the same.