Central Europe, Atlantic coast to the Ukraine
Frequently found in Central Europe. Most interesting growing area for the veneer industry is Western Europe. The special “figured” Sycamore is to be found in Great Britain to the great-east extent. Black pin knots occur frequently; These are so hard they can damage the knife causing scratches. This is why such pin knots are drilled out during veneer production.
The wood is almost white. The veneer must be dried soon after slicing otherwise it will turn yellow infer the influence of light and air. Heart discoloration is possible but since the logs normally have large diameters this in not such a problem. Worse is the tendency of the annual rings to develop green stripe in certain growing areas.
The wood can be machined well and easily machined with all tools although higher power is required due to its hardness. Planed surfaces are very smooth.
Extra care must be taken during drying since the wood tends to check and warp very easily. Colour changes can occur if dried improperly.
Sycamore is excellently suited for polishing and staining. Varnishes resistant to UV rays are recommended to prevent premature yellowing.
Joints are easily produced with glue, screws, and nails and are very durable. Pre-drilling is recommended when using screws.
High quality veneer for architectural and furniture purposes. Generally used for all wood products where particular importance is attached to the white colour. Very popular for solid tables in pubs, also for sports equipment and tool handles.