BIG LEAF MAPLE WOOD
Big Leaf Maple grows in the Pacific Northwest. In this region it is fairly common, but figure mutations of curl, burl and quilt are quite rare. Only one tree out of hundreds will be figured, but the figure is often exceptional. My favorite is the quilt, then the burl. Big Leaf Maple with curl is beautiful but not better than Tiger Soft Maple or Curly Hard Maple. Quilted Maple is a world class figured hardwood with big bubbles of compression leaving one to wonder how figure such as this can come out of one tree. It is treasured by musical instrument makers especially for solid body electric guitars and acoustic six strings. The logs often have only small sections of figure and it takes an experienced sawyer to cut the log to reveal the figure. This is referred to as “chasing the figure”.
- Prized for fine veneers
- Used for musical instruments
- Can be quilted, burled and curly
- Trees can grow quite large
Characteristics of Big Leaf Maple
|Origin of Wood Type||Western USA / Canada, California through British Columbia|
|Botanical Name||Acer macrophyllum|
|Avg. Weight Per BF||3.25 lb/bf|
|Color Range||Creamy White (Sap) – Yellow – Orange (Heart)|
|Rarity / Availability||Readily Available|
|Typical Avg. Width||4″ to 18″ – some times up to 60″ wide|
|Typical Avg. Length||4′ to 12′ – some times up to 16′|
|Avg. Waste Factor||30% to 50%|
|Wood Uses||Fine Furniture, Musical Instruments (primarily electric guitars), Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Veneer, Wood Turning, and many other uses|
|Lumber Grades||Flitch, Figured (Musical Instrument Grade), Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer|
|Other Trade Names||Quilted Maple, Broad Leaf Maple, Pacific Maple, Oregon Maple|
Sample Pictures of Big Leaf Maple
Please Note: The photos below are examples of the species and may no longer be products available for sale.
All pictures of wood that appear wet, have been sprayed with denatured alcohol to show the natural color. We use denatured alcohol because it evaporates and does not affect the moisture content.