London Plane


This isn’t really a creation yet, but will be.
I picked this pallet wood up. About a month ago, and am posting it for another members possible identification on some
Wood he picked up. I had to go to the
Wood Data base to figure out what it was.
Apparently it is a wood that’s fairly common in eastern Europe, and is used a lot for pallets! The slat boards of this pallet, are actually an orange in color and very figurative .

Steve Tow


Never seen wood like that before, it is beautiful.

look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no it's a big hunk of the bowl I was turning.

Wow that is really beautiful. You find some cool looking wood in pallets sometimes. Once I found a single board on a pallet that was multiple colors (red, brown and green) and had a shimmer in the cross grain the way maple does, but even more extreme. Some kind of tropical something I think. It was hard to photograph.

Your find is obviously easy to photograph. That is some beautiful looking stuff. That well make for a nice box. Good luck with it.

Losing fingers since 1969

Thanks for the research Steve, that does look just like the pallet wood that I found. I have 5 planks 7 to 9" wide, 5’ long.
My shop is in an industrial zoned area, wholesale electrical, boiler works, etc.
The location where I found the pallet is only 2 blocks from my shop.
I’m for sure going back !!


If that is plane as in “plane trees”, I think it is what we call Linden.
Many streets and squares in Europe (France for sure) are lined with these beautiful trees and they provide lovely dappled shade to an otherwise harsh stone and concrete environment.
Nice looking wood.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Thanks everyone! It really is a beautiful
Recovered wood

Even Van Gough liked it!

Steve Tow

Ahhh, une belle rue en Provençe.
Van Gogh certainly nailed that one.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

I couldn’t have said it better myself Jack! Your such a class act sir!

Steve Tow

very find.

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Sorry I missed this post. Nice stuff.

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

That looks a lot like the sycamore I got when someone ran an add on craigslist. The blocks of it were well over 100 pounds. I rolled four of them into my little truck, got them home, cut them into more manageable pieces, painted the ends and let them dry for a few years. They are among my favorite horded pieces.
Since the sycamore is in the plane tree family, the London plane tree and the sycamore are relatives. In fact, the sycamore is one of the “parents” of the London plane tree, a hybrid resulting in a cross between the sycamore and the oriental plant tree (Platanus orientalis).
North America it's Sycamore. Europe it's Plane or Lindenwood. Just to throw it off there is a Linden in North America, but it isn't that.