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I know that if I’m not talking about wood I’m talking about food… (don’t worry everybody I’ve spotted the pattern)…  it’s not that food is my only frame of reference but…  

Anyway, the only reason I even mention it is this…

I mean.. what does that remind you of ??? and if you don’t say rhubarb and custard, raspberry ripple ice-cream or fruit-salad chews then, frankly, you’re just not being honest with yourself!

Now, try again… relax… empty your mind. Now what do you see???


Feeling hungry yet?! No? I know…  that’s just me.

Joking aside… it is wierd looking stuff isn’t it?

It’s Plane… or London Plane… or Lacewood as it’s often referred to. This stuff is fresh sawn so very saturated and raw, not at all the creamy white  colour it will be when it’s dry (hang on you wood worker people.. I’ll get to that in a  bit).

These are the same tree species that you see in those incredible avenues of giant trees on the outskirts of French villages in the Tour de France (go Cav!)… or on the very hungry Raymond Blanc’s TV series…  or famously lining the Canal du Midi and soon to be felled – supposedly…  poor Canal du Midi.

So there you are.. these boules of Plane have been sticked and, unlike most other hardwoods, after a short air drying period we are going to vacuum kiln this timber straight away.

It would be possible to air dry in the yard over a long period but it is highly likely we would end up with stick marks across the boards. With this species, as with Sycamore and other sensitive stimbers we really need to maintian the integrity of the colour by not keeping it in stick for very long because the pale cream and the extraordinary grain are the desirable qualities in this timber. The vacuum kiln should give us this. 

So the kilning should be happening any day now… and then after 2-3 weeks it will be ready for use. This is lightening speed for timber (as I write we have thunder and lightening!) and the result will be lots of sparkling new Lacewood for everybody to help themselves to…

And it really is lacey and very delicately grained… the pictures do give a hint of that in amongst that raspberry ripple…  imagine if it stayed this colour… that would be wild!

I can’t wait to see something in the fine furniture vein made of Lacewood… I know I do nag you all but one of you superstar wood workers must have pictures?

Plane tree avenue heaven http://bit.ly/IRF7wR

Plane trees also have this amazing bark that changes colour and keeps shedding so you get can gather it up and take it home… I would go to France solely to do this is…  if I didn’t have to work http://bit.ly/IjV1iy

I’m a massive TDF fan and not only because of the amazing helicopter footage of France you get to see…  if you’re not sure where to go on holiday the Tour de France will help you decide   http://www.letour.fr/us/index.html  (if you’re Graham it helps you decide not to go to France)

Food! The very hungry Frenchman  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bqwlm 

If you haven’t seen ‘Adam’s Rib’ with Spencer Tracy & Katherine Hepburn (real life husband and wife) then the title of this post means nothing to you… but if you’re interested, it is a great film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041090/

Don’t talk to Tom about the Canal du Midi   http://www.canal-du-midi.org/fr/liens/offices_du_tourisme.aspx

Anyone who wants to see the Plane boules (or any other timber) is welcome to visit anytime https://www.englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk/contact-us/  or get in touch and ask us anything you want to know…  

G-unit have measured all those boards especially so you can demand to know what stock we have and get a sensible answer without having to trek all the waydown here on the off-chance… so for more information over the phone 01730 816941 or fax 01730816875 or email sales@englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk

Posted on April 25th 2012 under air dried timber, english hardwoods, flooring timber, furniture timber, kiln dried timber. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.


  • Posted April 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Arthur, thanks for stopping by! That’s a beautiful old tree you have there in Somerset, New Jersey! Plane and Sycamore are quite similar in their giant leafy green-ness aren’t they? And I have to say… that’s a heavenly looking bit of traffic free tarmac you have there too.. a road riders dream! Thanks for the pic..

  • Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi Sarah. It looks very similar to the American Sycamore. There are a number of very old Sycamore trees lining the road to my house in Somerset, New Jersey. Here’s a picture of one that’s estimated to be 300 years old in neighboring Pennsylvania.



  • Posted April 26, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Oh it is SO bacon.. or a dried italian ham maybe? I’ll let you know whaen we have a little bit spare for you to play with…

  • Posted April 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    hello i found it

  • Posted April 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Well, my first thought was of a large slice of bacon… I feel as though I am being honest with myself!! 😀

    Scrolling down to see the next set of photos, I was reminded of strawberry icing on a cake!

    I’ve never worked with London plane myself. I’m always looking for new (native) timbers to experiment with and you’ve shown enough to remind me that I need to consider this species for a future project. 🙂