American Sycamore

Sycamore trees are not unique to Texas but we do have some very nice ones, especially along the nearby Brazos River. I have acquired several which have sat around my woodlot long enough to spalt very nicely. I think that these are attractive enough to mill and offer for your woodturning. You can see some examples of various bowls and vessels turned from this Sycamore as well as other Texas woods on my companion website, www.prairiesend.com.

As elsewhere, the dimensions given below are Length x Width x Depth of the blank. Theoretically these numbers indicate the dimensions of the largest bowl, box/goblet or spindle that might be turned from that piece if no flaws are encountered. The approximate weight (in pounds) as well as obvious physical features (checks, etc) are also indicated. Note also that most of these are rough cut. I do not have the time or equipment to routinely surface the cut sides - although sometimes I think that the grain is interesting enough that I will take it to the jointer before I take the photo.



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Sycamore Pen Blanks
1"x 1"x 5-1/2" to 6""


I occasionally cut nicely figured/spalted Sycamore into pen blanks. Those pictured here are typical although my photography leaves something to be desired.


Sycamore Pen Blanks $2.00 each, no minimum.

Sorry folks - I am all out of larger turning blanks in our Texas Sycamore. I am presently trying to locate and harvest another tree. Perhaps I will have more on your next visit.
Thanks, Lloyd



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Sycamore Lot 170
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 6-1/2"
1 lb.

This is another spindle block of Sycamore. The basic colors are varying shades of light orange-brown. There is a strong zone of prominent Sycamore ray flecks on the back side (lower photo).

I see no cracks or other flaws in this block.



SOLD
Sycamore Lot 170 $10.00


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Sycamore Lot 177
3-1/42" x 3-1/2" x 12"
3 lb.

This is a very nice spindle block of Sycamore. It is approximately 45% light orange-brown, lightly-spalted sapwood and 55% darker orange-brown heartwood. It contains considerable and attractive pencil-line spalt patterns within the sapwood.

There are three very small but sound knots in the annotated (heartwood) face (top photo). I see no significant flaws.



SOLD
Sycamore Lot 177 $20.00


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Sycamore Lot 179
3-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 12"
4 lb.

This is an interesting but challenging spindle block of Sycamore. It is approximately 40% light orange-brown, lightly-spalted sapwood and 60% darker orange-brown heartwood. It contains considerable and attractive pencil-line spalt patterns within the sapwood.

The challenge is the presence of a secondary branch on one edge that includes the pith and an associated barky crotch-gap. It appears to extend into the heart of the block and some is likely to remain once the block is roughed to round. It may make for a very interesting and attractive grain pattern.

There is also one thin, tight and apparently shallow drying check on the back, sapwood face (so thin and tight that it not apparent in the photo). It appears to extend ~1/4" into the block where exposed at the cut end (right side, lower photo). Again, I would reinforce/fill as necessary when turning. I see no other flaws.



SOLD
Sycamore Lot 179 $15.00


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Sycamore Lot 181
3-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 6"
2 lb.

This is a very nice small spindle block of Sycamore. It is approximately 15% light orange-brown, lightly-spalted sapwood and 85% darker orange-brown heartwood. It contains considerable and attractive pencil-line spalt patterns within the sapwood.

I see no significant flaws.



SOLD
Sycamore Lot 181 $10.00


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Sycamore Lot 157
2" x 2" x 15"
2 lbs.

This is another nice spindle block of lightly spalted Sycamore. It is composed on approximately 30% orange-brown heartwood and 70% light brown sapwood.The basic colors are varying shades of light orange-brown. There is some minor "pencil-line spalting and zones of prominent Sycamore ray flecks on the front and back.

I see no significant flaws in this block.




Sold


Sycamore Lot 157 $10.00


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Sycamore Lot 119
8" x 7" x 4"
5 lbs.

This is a basically rectangular block of clear (non-spalted) Sycamore. It is not perfectly rectangular however - one back edge is all "wane" (bark or lack of wood on an edge or corner of a piece) from the outside of the log. Depending on your design plans, that wane edge will likely be removed, along with the one or all three of the other edges, as the block is turned to round.

I consider this block to be suitable for an elongated form such as a vase or tall hollow-form, or for a 7" diameter bowl. The colors are predominately light orange-brown with nice pattern of Sycamore ray flecks on the face.

The pith was cut completely out of this piece and I see no significant structural weakness.



SOLD
Sycamore Lot 119 $11.00




Listing last updated 3 June 2016


Nothing here that suits your needs?
Then send me an email at: l.stahl@maroon.com
or a telephone call at:
281-392-5336 (home/shop w/ans. machine)
281-782-0185 (cell, but w/o voice mail)

There is a possibility that I have more, either cut into blocks or in the rough log,
so I may be able to meet your specific requirements.
If not - send an email with your requirements and I will put it into my
"wood requested by species"
files and see if I can cut it next time I have a log of that species up on the mill.




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