Chip Carved Sycamore Plate

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This 12” plate was made as a gift for the friend who gave me a sycamore log. I had cut the log into slabs with a chainsaw, then bandsawed circular blanks for turning on my lathe. After turning the plate I laid out the pattern based on designs of Wayne Barton. The monogram in the center is a “Z” which is my friend’s initial.

This piece of sycamore includes some core wood that is dark and variable in carvability. In retrospect I would choose a piece with the lighter, flecked grain pattern.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit! Likewise with woodworkers.

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#1 posted 11-19-2019 10:54 PM

Hi Phil,
How nice that you could go from log to finished plate for your friend. That’s a great way to say thank you.
I’ve never chip carved sycamore and the Janka scale hardness is 770 compared to 440 for basswood. I suppose you got a bit of a workout :-)
Way to go!

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#2 posted 11-19-2019 11:51 PM

Looking good!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 11-20-2019 12:57 AM

I never wood have thought to carve sycamore, since I just adore that grain. You’ve done it justice! Beautiful!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 11-20-2019 02:20 PM

Great job Phil. That’s a very nice gesture.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 11-20-2019 08:57 PM

This was an old, canyon bottom sycamore, 18” to 20” in diameter. In spite of the Janka hardness mentioned by Marty (#1 above) this was not especially hard to carve.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit! Likewise with woodworkers.

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#6 posted 11-20-2019 09:52 PM

Very nicely carve Phil. I kind of like the color variations. When you mentioned this being part of a sycamore it reminded me of my first experience with a plane tree (part of the sycamore family). My neighbor had cut one down when I first started woodturning and he gave me log. Being inexperienced, I cut the log into disks to turn some bowls with. I stacked them in my garage. The next day I went to get one and to my surprise all of the disks except for one had radial checking and were therefore useless. I did manage to turn a bowl for my neighbor from the good one. Live and learn as they say!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 11-20-2019 10:55 PM

Beautiful plate, Phil!



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#8 posted 11-21-2019 05:46 AM


You are a Chip off the old Block! :)

Great work!

Thank you for sharing with us… It’s a real pleasure…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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