This is one of the best kept secrets of North American woods. American sycamore is also called American lacewood as the grain shows a lacy characteristic, especially when the wood is quarter-sawn at the mill.
The giant Sycamores that once grew in the midwestern states were sometimes called a poor mans silo. The center of these giant trees were usually hollow. The farmers back in the 1800's and early 1900's would cut off the tops of the trees to create a "silo" for their grain.
One little girl came to our display one day and commented that the sycamore grain looked a little like raindrops on the window.
The color of this wood is generally a variance of light tan. Sometimes, the wood has darker colors of steel grey or medium brown mixed in, depending on the specific board and character of the tree. Look also at the FANCY SYCAMORE for wood with more color and character.
As with all of our crosses, there were o stains, lacquers or preservatives used to finish your cross; only a natural oil which is hand-rubbed and polished to enhance the woods natural beauty. When you hold our crosses, you are “feeling” the wood and “seeing” the wood as God created it. No two are alike as boards will vary in color and graining due the environmental conditions it was produced. The shine on the cross is related to the amount of “resin” in the make-up of the wood itself. The more resin the higher the shine.
Crosses are handcrafted in our Palestine, Texas (USA) facility offering the highest quality.Crosses do not require polishing. Holding your cross will allow the oils from your hands to go into the wood and create a soft, patina glow. Never use oil or olive oil on our crosses.
Price noted is for 1 HoldingCross. The picture of multiple crosses is to share with you the diversity of the wood.
Thoughts on Engraving : This wood works well with engraving. Due to its tight grain, engraving comes out clear and precise.
Each cross comes in an organza bag with a StoryTag telling the name of the wood and a StoryScroll which contains suggested prayers, CareGiving stories and other information. We do not offer seconds or damaged crosses. Our crosses are all first quality and handcrafted in our shop by our family.
NOTE : The HoldingCross watermark in the picture does not appear on the crosses. The picture is marked for proprietary reasons.