Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Sycamore

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Sycamore

    I recently had scrolled some sycamore, they were not large pieces, from some limbs that were cut. It is very white, and had some handsome grain patterns in it. Although a little hard, I did cut some small animals for a noah's ark. Anyone used this wood before? I wonder how it is for larger projects, and if is aviable on the market. Thanks Bob
    Be the good,
    you want to see in the world...

  • #2
    Hi Bob

    'Sfunny you should mention sycamore - I mentioned it myself earlier today on this thread.

    It's a lovely wood to work with but the creamy white color does turn dun over time. However, you can stain sycamore very successfully; that's worth bearing in mind if you're looking for a wood to use for segmentation. It's also a fairly 'soft' wood, prone to dents, so be careful how you handle it. I found it was wonderfully stable for my Beatles portrait and it allowed me to cut some extremely fine bridges. It's such a well behaved wood that one of the woodworking 'gurus' over here, David Charlesworth, uses nothing but sycamore when demonstrating how to tune hand planes.

    Sycamore is fairly cheap and quite readily available on this side of the Pond, but I don't know how available it is where you are. Still, I hope you find the information here useful - sycamore is well worth hunting out.

    Gill
    There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
    (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

    Comment


    • #3
      I've cut a bit of QS "sycamore/American Plane" for fish patterns as the grain looks like scales.

      "Sycamore" is a good example of differnt species with the same common name. There's Acer pseudoplatanus - aka sycamore plane/great maple/plane that is creamy white and in the maple family.

      Then there's Platanus hybrida and related species that are know as American plane/sycamore/buttonwood/London plane/English plane. This wood is light reddish brown w/darker rays or flecks on QS material.

      They have different working properties as well as color.
      ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

      D. Platt

      Comment


      • #4
        Very Good, , appreciate your input. I will keep an eye out for it. I did like working with it. Bob
        Be the good,
        you want to see in the world...

        Comment


        • #5
          I've used quartersawn-sycamore. It is a delight to scroll. The wood has vivid flake patterns, kinda like lacewood--looks more like an exotic wood. The best part is that it lays dead-flat on the saw.

          There's a small mill nearby that cuts it every once in a while. Runs around $3.50 /bdft.
          Beautiful wood that's easy to cut & doesn't fight you. What more can you want?

          David

          David Griffin
          Tuliptree Craft
          s

          Comment


          • #6
            Well it looks like I am just going to have to try some of this wood. I wonder if its the same kind we grow here in Calif. USA ? I'll have to check it out. thanks for the learning thread. I have learnd something here. your friend Evie

            Comment

            Unconfigured Ad Widget

            Collapse

            Latest Topics

            Collapse

            • Tom in Ashland
              The new Circular Scroll Saw Designs book form Fox Chapel
              by Tom in Ashland
              Many patters in it I like and I'm sure I will make several BUT Fox Chapel's printing of this book absolutely SUCKS. Most of the patterns are printed so near into the binding that it is impossible to either scan to .PDF or use a copy machine. I will have to cut out each pattern separately or cut off...
              Today, 08:08 PM
            • keystonecop
              Reply to Tough Decisions
              by keystonecop
              Great Question.. I have all the past issues.. I doubt that I find one pattern a year that is worth the subscription cost. I have cut for the magazine and made a few buck that covers my costs,, But I owe that to Bob Duncan.. I think the new admins try but are not involved in this group like bob was.....
              Today, 06:14 PM
            • KarlB
              Reply to Tough Decisions
              by KarlB
              " It rips my heart out when I go to estate sales and see my future."

              I am sure you know how important and relevant that comment is Rolf! I have seen a number of scroll sawn projects over the years at garage sales, thrift stores, etc. I know whoever made them put in a lot of...
              Today, 04:02 PM
            • NC Scroller
              Reply to Having a Betty week UPDATED: See post 13
              by NC Scroller
              Thanks Betty for asking. Staples came out today. There are some internal stiches that will dissolve over time. Jane is still doing PT twice a week. The only normal activity, whatever she can tolerate, but she is not allowed to swim due to the risk of infection. She will still have to keep icing...
              Today, 11:52 AM
            • will8989
              Reply to Having a Betty week UPDATED: See post 13
              by will8989
              What’s the latest update?
              Today, 10:58 AM
            Working...
            X