Harewood

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English pedesals
MFA# 1984.111
Grey harewood (Dyed English sycamore)(Acer pseudo-platanus)
White harewood (English Sycamore) (Acer pseudo-platanus)

Description

An unstandardized name use for the following timbers:

1) Sycamore maple or English sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus). Harewood is a deciduous tree native to Europe that has a fine-grained, cream-colored wood. It is used for musical instruments, furniture, inlays and veneers.

2) West Indian Satinwood (Zanthoxylon flavuum). Satinwood has an irregular grain an a yellowish color that darkens as it ages.

Synonyms and Related Terms

1) Acer pseudoplatanus; sycamore maple, English sycamore; sicomoro, arce blanco (Esp.); padreiro (Port.); Sicomoro (It.); acero montano (It.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

1) Grows to heights of 35 m (115 ft). The smooth, gray bark flakes when the tree is older. Broad, 5-lobed palmate leaves have long leaf stalks. the greenish yellow flowerheads dangle in panicles. Seeds are winged and occur in pairs.

Resources and Citations

  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • George Savage, Art and Antique Restorer's Handbook, Rockliff Publishing Corp, London, 1954