Plane Sycamore

Like Maple, but not

Like Maple, but not

Amelia is finished!  She went walking around Victoria with me, to try and identify her special tree – her wood blank was labeled Sycamore, and I had never knowingly seen one. It turns out though that I have, only in our part of the world it is called a plane tree!

Leaf

Leaf

We found some leaves – like maple leaves, but not – in Ross Bay Cemetery on our walk home.

Bark

Bark

Amelia checked out the bark of the nearest tree – smooth in places, and angular bits peeling off in other places…

Seed Balls

Seed Balls

…and the strange fluffy seed balls – it seems like the right tree!

Leaves

Leaves

A lot of people are annoyed with plane trees in the fall when they drop their thousands of leaves…

Leaf Pile

Leaf Pile

… but Amelia thinks leaf piles are marvelous…

Pretty

Pretty

…and she has decided that Sycamore/Plane is the most beautiful tree in the world.

Amelia was carved by me – most of her was finished in Oregon, but her arms and legs were finished here in Victoria, and she was all complete in October 2016!

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19 thoughts on “Plane Sycamore

  1. Amelia is a wonderful little wooden…and you are very talented to have brought her out of the sycamore!!! Congratulations to you and welcome to Amelia….who doesn’t quite realize yet what a lovely bunch she has come into and the adventurous life she’ll have!!!

  2. How nice to “meet you”, Amelia. We have a around…40-50 foot sycamore/plane tree in our yard. I will think of you when I gaze at it.

  3. Amelia, is simply put…enchanting. I love her smile and beautiful wood tone and I agree with her that sycamores are truly wonderful trees. Giant Sycamore trees grew on the street where my grandmother lived. The mottled bark was fun for us kids to pick on and the fruit (we all called them itchy balls) were what the boys used to stuff down any unsuspecting kid’s shirt collar. They are plentiful in the area where I live now and I have a special love for them. The older ones are gorgeous when the bark becomes smooth and almost cream colored.

    • I can see why the seed clusters would be called “itchy”! The main thing I have heard about Plane trees is the annoying amount of leaves they produce – am glad to hear some other more positive memories relating to them!

  4. Amelia is charming, her vest will be appreciated as our weather changes, there may be more requests for similar ones. Maybe we will meet one day under the Plane tree, one of my favorite places for a walk.

  5. Amelia is wonderful.. How interesting that she is of Sycamore heritage. They are plentiful on our farm…in fact we decided a few years ago to let a perennially wet area in one of our hay fields lie fallow and have been rewarded with a whole band of sycamore trees growing there. Thank you for sharing your newest girl with us. I look forward to seeing her in the future .

    • I think Amelia is going to have fun here – and she loves the idea that you consider your band of Sycamore trees a reward! Her personality is getting a lot of happiness and a positive view of the world, partly because of so many people telling happy Sycamore stories, thank you!

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