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Wood Vase, Sycamore w/ bark and burls (SY35)

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One of my vivid memories is of a summer night, driving through the countryside in my first car... I came upon a huge, gnarly tree in the black and white stillness of a full moon night. It looked like a monster of a ghost, its mottled white bark reflecting the moon's light, its limbs spreading like reaching arms.

I thought it was a standing dead tree. But I later learned it was a very healthy Sycamore, and it still stands today, decades older. Ever since, I've had a reverence for big Sycamores such as that one. There's something so unusual about how the green-gray bark falls away to reveal the almost white underbark. We still call them "ghost trees".

Another unusual feature of Sycamores is the warty, knobby, burl-like growths that are common on the branches.

This weed pot* is from a branch of a Sycamore tree that grew in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. It shed some limbs during a particularly heavy October snowstorm. It retains its mottled bark, suggestive of an African animal, as well as several exaggerated burl bumps.

It is 8" high, 4-1/2" wide; the turned areas at the neck and base are finished and polished to a semi-gloss lustre. The rest of the vase is in its natural, unfinished state.

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Item # SY35.

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*A weed pot (or twig pot) is a kind of wood vase made to hold dried weeds, flowers, grasses, feathers, seed heads, etc, that you can find in any field, forest edge, or roadside. It is not to be filled with water.

Wood Vase, Sycamore w/ bark and burls (SY35)


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sycamore, wood
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Favorited by: 8 people