When it comes to making traditional Scottish hand made wooden Quaichs, Paul Hodgkiss Designs will normally only use Burr Elm, but sometimes we like to use other timbers as well. Having recently managed to acquire some London Plane timber, Paul thought it would be fun to experiment with this new timber. The London Plane has many distinctive features including the camouflage bark. This pattern exists because the bark breaks away in large flakes so that the tree can cleanse and regenerate itself. The leaves are also a beautiful maple-like shaped five pointed star.
The grain of the timber is quite unusual as it has a somewhat lacy figured pattern to it. It is this characteristic in the wood thats makes it so interesting to work with.
This tree is the most common type of tree found in the city of London. It makes up more than half the city’s population of trees. Easily recognized by its distinctive khaki camouflage-patterned bark, the mottled mix of grey, cream and olive makes it so recognizable. Its history is quite mysterious as it was only discovered in the mid-17th century in a nursery garden in London.
It is thought to be a hybrid between the American Sycamore and the great Oriental plane. The first sighting of the Oriental plane in Britain was 1548. While the American sycamore appeared 150 years later. It’s believed the London Plane came in to existence purely by accident with the two trees sharing the same space in the nursery. Due to its hardy characteristics the tree then flourished in the urban streets of post Industrial Revolutionist London.
Why not pop in and see us at Paul Hodgkiss Designs and see for yourselves how amazing these London Plane Quaichs are. An ideal gift, especially for a wedding.