Burr sycamore...

28 February 2014, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

I’m quite busy at the moment, band sawing and roughing out my ever expanding stack of timber. The majority of it is yew, but there’s a few lumps amongst it, which are unlike anything I’ve turned before…

Late last year, I was contacted by the new owners of a house, who’d inherited a fallen tree in their garden. This turned out to be a sycamore and although cut down some years ago, proved to be a rather worthwhile find. The majority of the trunk was solid burr and beautifully coloured inside – in fact it looked almost like elm, due to the dark red and orange of the grain.

These are the first blanks I cut on the band saw – even at this stage, the markings look impressive. I’ve managed to save a few chunks for natural edge work, but not as many as I’d hoped for. The outer surface of the tree had decayed in a few places, making the spiky edges soft and brittle. Sycamore is supposed to be plain and white, certainly unlike any of this…

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The first piece to be roughed out. I've some even bigger ones to tackle yet and won’t be disappointed if they all end up looking like this!...

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Jonathan Leech

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Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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  • Hi Chris,
    It's great you've got some yew coming in - as you can probably…
    - Jonathan Leech