I am running a shrink pot course at the Husbandry School this Sunday and need to cut some wood. I have access to a few sycamore trees, (old hedge) and I always save the tops for coat hooks. The bark of the sycamore almost falls off. I use just my fingers to part it from the wood. I love the look of naked sycamore, the textures and the rings around the base of the branches.
I slipped some tubes off as well. I will see how well they make small boxes as they dry, and get used.