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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.

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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
 

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Looking good!
 

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

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

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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.
 

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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!
 

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Beautiful plate, Phil!

Claude
 

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Phil,

You are a Chip off the old Block! :)

Great work!

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