(Platanus occidentalis) Common along riverbanks in the east, the ghostly white sycamore is an often overlooked hardwood. Sycamore has a whitish to light yellow sapwood and a darker reddish brown heartwood. The quartersawn face exhibits rays with a distinct conspicuously dark “fleck” or “flake” figure due to its interlocked grain. Sycamore has a closed pore structure and a fine, even texture that is very similar to maple. It works easily with both hand and machine tools, though the interlocked grain can be troublesome in surfacing and machining operations at times. Sycamore turns, glues, and finishes well. Some common uses include: veneer, plywood, interior trim, flooring, furniture, tool handles, and other turned objects. Sycamore is sometimes referred to as “American Plane” in Europe. USA. A fine, even texture that is similar to maple
Distinct ray flecks present on quartersawn surfaces give it a freckled appearance
Works easily with both hand and machine tools
Turns, glues, and finishes well
American sycamore is a great species that is going through a resurgence in the marketplace
Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.
Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, while the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
Thin Stock. The thin stock is cut to size from quality, kiln-dried stock. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.
Carving and Turning Blocks. Blocks are sawn to +/- ¼" of size listed.
Plywood. Sizes are nominal. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.