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English Sycamore
(Acer pseudoplatanus)
Click on the photo to find a supplier! English Sycamore

COMMON NAMES:   English sycamore, sycamore plane

SPECIFIC GRAVITY:   .61

DENSITY:  38 lbs./cu.ft.

TANGENTIAL MOVEMENT:   5.5%

RADIAL MOVEMENT:   2.5%

VOLUMETRIC SHRINKAGE:

DURABILITY1:   Poor

SOURCE:  Europe, including the British Isles, and western Asia.

DESCRIPTION:   Lustrous white to pale yellowish white, occasionally with a tight fiddleback figure. The preferred wood for violin backs. Works easily with hand and power tools. Takes stains and finishes well. English sycamore belongs to the maple family and is not closely related to American sycamore.


1 Durability refers to a wood's resistance to rotting in wet environments.

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