English Sycamore is a member of the maple family and is found throughout Europe. This is the lumber that is used for violins, cellos, basses, and violas. It is often quartered, a requirement for musical instruments. English Sycamore is used extensively for architectural millwork projects calling for a very white colored lumber. It can be highly figured with curl or what the British like to call ripple.
- Often found with curl figure (ripple)
- Larger logs usually quartered
- Highly prized for veneers
- Superior tonewood for classical instruments
- Good substitute where thicker / wide white material is needed
- Logs yield more sap wood