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Re:Sycamore
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Pioneer Wood Uses (book) ()

Larry Clinton At Frankfort, (Central) Indiana
Don't know how accurate he was but an old gentleman that had a farm I was cutting firewood on told me as I was dropping a large sycamore about that species.

He was a well educated man and said that in the sailing ship days (I would guess 1700's) that wood wrights would venture into Indiana to obtain tall sycamores for ship masts. As I remember he said they would gird the selected trees and then return in a year or so and fell them.

Some I cut on his farm were at least 80 to 100' tall, and my 36" chain saw required 2 cuts to sever the trunk.

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