Sycamore, or “buttonwood,” is a beautiful hardwood that is harvested and manufactured largely in the Eastern United States.
Similar to maple, the wood of sycamore trees is predominantly comprised of the sapwood, with some darker heartwood streaks also found in many boards.The sapwood is white to light tan, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Sycamore also has very distinct flecks present on sawn surfaces—giving it a freckled appearance—and it is sometimes even called “Lacewood,” although it bears no relation to the tropical tree of the same name.
Because it has interlocking grain, sycamore lumber is very resistant to splitting. Otherwise, it machines well, and it takes to glue and stain with very positive results. One recommendation in machining: because of the interlocking grain, high speed blades should be used to cut this hardwood to prevent chipping. It is moderate in weight and hardness, and it has above average bending qualities.
Some of the uses of this versatile wood include furniture parts, flooring, millwork, and butcher blocks. It is commonly used for interior applications as it is not the most durable of the American hardwoods.
Like many American hardwoods, the sycamore tree sprouts from roots, stumps, and seeds. This assures the evolving diversity of the forest. The renewal of the hardwood forest occurs at its own pace, and the sycamore is an active participant in this process. They renew and replenish themselves naturally, and because of this, you should feel very good about working with this fine American hardwood! One of our knowledgeable professionals will be very happy to source this lumber out for you!