The material of choice of Welsh lovespoon carvers, sycamore is a blond wood without much figure, but which can produce clean, well defined articles and is well suited to decoration. It is a good starter species for greenwood carving, partly because of its high moisture content, perhaps greater than 100%.
Sycamore wood is easy to carve in the green and as a non-native species in the UK is considered a ‘weed’ tree by nature conservationists. It is fast growing and fairly easy to get hold of. Sycamore spalts easily to provide more interesting figure created by fungal invasion of the wood.