Platanus Acerifolia


See our London Plane stock

We are big London Plane fans here at EWT. It’s one of those species that tests our mettle as sawmillers.

To achieve those delicately pastel coloured boards and lacey grain requires concentration and commitment. No doubt about it, Plane is a demanding timber but we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

What’s in a name? 

Meet Platanus. Platanus hybrida, Platanus acerifolia or Platanus orientalis. They’re all in the Platanus gang botanically known as the Platanaceae family. In ‘plain’ (terrible #woodpun alert) language they’re known as Plane trees. Often given suffixes, European Plane, French Plane, London Plane, English Plane… we don’t don’t think we’ll have to explain why that is! However, they do get mixed in with Acers in the USA. Our american colleagues call a Plane tree a Sycamore but the less of that the better. We’ll just call this lovely wood ‘Plane’ and thank the heavens it exists at all.

So, now what do you want to know?

Plane, or London Plane, is an unusual tree. Not especially common, but where it grows, it reaches incredible sizes.

Our Plane timber is unusual too. Fresh sawn it has an amzing colouration of pinks and peaches. As it dries it calms down and becomes more creamy brown (with a hint of pink) but it displays a fantastic grain pattern. No one could accuse Plane of being plain!


The proper Technical Info from TRADA

Wood Type: Hardwood

Mechanical Strength: High strength properties similar to those of Oak

Durability: Not durable (without further processing e.g. thermal modification)

Treatability: Easy

Moisture movement: Medium

Texture: Fine

Density (Kg/m3 at 12% moisture): 630 but varies by up to 20% +/-



See what people are doing with #lacewood (plane) on Instagram

Have a look at some Plane trees 

Or read a blog on some Plane we milled a few years ago Hello Pinky

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