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PLANE, EUROPEAN

Platanus acerifolia

Platanus acerifolia of the family Platanaceae (aka Platanus hybrida, but that isn't really a species name just an indication that it's a hybrid) / European plane --- This wood, which is native to the UK and parts of Europe, also has the common name "European lacewood" but it doesn't look like lacewood, it looks like sycamore (hey ... it is after all not just in the same family as sycamore, it's in the same genus). Also called English plane and in the UK and europe and lacewood in the UK and London plane in everywhere (possibly, it's called London plane more than European plane, but I started it out as European plane and see no reason to change since it's pretty much called either one). For more information about name confusion around this wood, see the link directly below:

An illustrated discussion on the confusion among the names
lacewood, leopardwood, planetree, sycamore, silky oak and others




my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of London plane / Platanus hybrida --- HUGE enlargements are present.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank. This sample was provided by Joe Melton, whom I thank for this and numerous other contributions. Joe listed this wood as London planetree. The surface rays show up much better in the enlargements. The discoloration seems to be mostly white rot.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a burl sample plank of London plane, / Platanus acerifolia --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above



web pics:


end grain listed as london plane


plank dry and wet, listed as london plane / Platanus hybrida


planks listed as English lacewood / Platanus hybrida


planks that were identified only by the botanical name Platanus hybrida


planks identified with various combinations of the names London plane / european plane / plantree / platane / lacewood / sycamore / Platanus hybrida / Platanus acerifolia


quartersawn bookmatched veneer identified as planetree / Platanus acerifolia


veneer listed variously as planetree or European plane


burl veneer listed as European plane / Platanus hybrida, all from the same vendor


burl veneer just listed as European plane


14" platter by Steve Earis, who lists it as London plane. Thanks to Steve's excellent photography, very large enlargements are present.


bowl listed as spalted London plane


bowls listed as London plane. I find that second one to be a particularly attractive design and execution.


London plane bowl turned and photographed by Tom Pleatman, whom I thank for this pic and other contributions to the site. Big enlargements are present.