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English Sycamore title
Origin of Wood Type:
England & Europe
Botanical Name:
Acer pseudoplatanus
Specific Gravity:
.61
Avg. Weight Per BF (?):
3.17 lb/ bf
Color Range:
White- Cream
Rarity / Availability: (?):
Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width:
3" to 24"
Typical Avg. Length:
6' to 16' feet
Avg. Waste Factor (?):
50%

Wood Uses:

Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architecural Millwork, Guitar Building / Instrument making, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Veneer, Flooring and many other uses!
lumber Grades (?):

Quarter-Sawn, Quarter-Sawn (Figured), Flitch, Veneer

Other Trade Names:

Sycamore Plane, Great Maple, European Maple

Description:

English sycamore is a member of the maple family and is found throughout Europe. This is the lumber that is used for violins, cellos, basses, and violas. It is often quartered which of course is required for musical instruments. English sycamore is used extensively for architectural millwork when designers want a very white colored lumber and can be highly figured with a curl or what the British like to call ripple.
*Often found with curl figure (ripple)
*Larger logs usually quartered
*Highly prized for veneers
*Superior tonewood for classical instruments
*Good substitute were thicker / wide white material is needed 
*Logs yield more sap wood

Note: All pictures of boards that appear wet, have been wiped with denature alcohol to help show natural color. We use denature alcohol because it evaporates and does not effect the moisture content of the wood. Also, please keep in mind that the pictures below are only examples of the wood and not actual products available for sale.

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