This is one of our locally grown North American species. In order to be stable the wood must be quartersawn.  Sycamore trees can grow to be one of the biggest domestic timbers in North America and are often left to grow to full maturity because the wood is very difficult to split for firewood and most sawmills don’t quarter saw.  Sycamore produces beautiful quartersawn lumber in a color range from light tan to an orange brown.

  • Beautiful underappreciated domestic timber
  • Good for high-end furniture and cabinetry
  • Has become more appreciated as a tonewood
  • Displays a lace pattern on the quarter

Characteristics of American Sycamore

Origin of Wood Type USA & Canada
Botanical Name Platanus occidentalis
Specific Gravity 0.58
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.75
Color Range Gray-Brown-Orange
Rarity / Availability Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width 2″ to 10″, rarely found 11″ to 24″
Typical Avg. Length 6′ to 12′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.3
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Guitar Building / Instrument Making, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Wood Carving, Automotive / Aircraft Interior, Inlaying, Box Making, Timber Framing and many other uses.
Lumber Grades Common 1 & 2, Select and Better, FAS, Premium (Note all material is quartersawn)
Other Trade Names None
American Sycamore Lumber Pricing

Sample Pictures of American Sycamore

Please Note: The photos below are examples of the species and may no longer be products available for sale.

All pictures of wood that appear wet, have been sprayed with denatured alcohol to show the natural color.  We use denatured alcohol because it evaporates and does not affect the moisture content.