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    Utility Bowl in Syacmore

    11" x 5" with half inch walls and a walnut oil (Mahoneys) and Beeswax finish. Kind of clunky, but built for abuse. From a blank I've had for several years... it was like turning concrete.
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    Another beautiful bowl. I like how the grain looks around the rim.

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    Sycamore? In the UK it's a white wood much favoured by pyrographers for it's lackof detail and grain . Hard to believe that this is the same wood. Nice enough bowls but much darker and with a whole lot more figure than our version.

    Pete

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    Pete,
    Platanus occidentalis (American Sycamore) for sure. You can see some of the typical quartersawn fleck pattern in the rim. Haven't turned any London Plain Tree (Platanus x acerifolia) yet, so I don't know what the wood looks like. The two look the same except except for their fruit-- one ball for the American version and 2 balls for the London...(don't go there). I've been planting the London version for years as street trees because it tolerates city conditions and abuse.

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    Ted,

    Many Sycamore trees have gone through my saw mill and I also have turned several and yours looks much darker than any I have seen. At first I though that you had used a stain or something that turned the wood dark.

    Just so you understand where I am coming from -- S.W. Missouri -- I live next to a creek with many Sycamores and my graduate work is in Plant-taxonomy..

    I believe what you have written and variations do happen...

    best to you.
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    Paul,
    This one was a volunteer on an empty industrial lot less than a quarter of a mile from the Portsmouth waterfront and the naval yard. It apparently liked the high water table and lord knows what kind of minerals and industrial waste it was thriving on. I noticed the unusual reddish heartwood coloring as I was cutting it and saved the off cuts to make some small boxes with. If I can lay my hands on them I'll post a pic. Unfortunately, the contractor hustled the main trunk off to the land fill before I could snag any more, although I have a few blanks left. I spent five years at SUNY ESF. Had enough taxonomy to last me
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    I really like this one, Ted. The slight inward curve towards the rim and the wide band at the rim are a really nice touch.
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    This is what I am most use to in Sycamore. Stolen from the web.
    Last edited by Paul Gallian; 12-19-2010 at 09:45 AM.
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    The wood is very nice. I like the shape very much
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I really like this one, Ted. The slight inward curve towards the rim and the wide band at the rim are a really nice touch.
    I agree! I've put this one in my favorite form file for future use. Well Done.
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