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HARD MAPLE WOOD

There are many variations of Hard Maple including: plain, curly & birdseye.

  • Also known as “Sugar Maple”
  • Celebrated for producing maple syrup & beautiful fall foliage
  • Dense / fine textured wood

Birdseye Maple is Sugar Maple with a unique figure pattern giving it the appearance of eyes.  A board must be flat sawn to show this figure.  Veneers are rotary sliced.  Birdseye Maple is a very rare mutation of a common hardwood tree.  The top figure usually comes from the northern most range of the species.  Old sawyers tell me they find these trees on the north side of dense woodlots, areas that get very little sunlight.  If the woodlot is thinned the birdseye development diminishes.  This is one of the most exotic North American species.

  • Birdseye Maple is found on the dash boards of some of the world’s finest cars
  • Excellent for fine furniture
  • Often used for cue sticks
  • Makes a beautiful floor
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Characteristics of Hard Maple

Origin of Wood Type Eastern North America
Botanical Name Acer saccharum
Specific Gravity 0.72
Avg. Weight Per BF 4.25 lb/bf
Color Range Cream – White (Sap)  &  Gray – Light Brown (Heart)
Rarity / Availability Plain Hard Maple is readily available, Curly Hard Maple is available in 4/4 lumber only and Birdseye Maple is becoming very rare!
Typical Avg. Width 3″ to 8″, rarely found 9″ to 18″ wide and almost impossible to find pure white over 8″ wide
Typical Avg. Length 4′ to 10′, rarely found up to 12′
Avg. Waste Factor 30% to 50%
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Guitar Building / Instrument Making, Wood Turning, Gun Stocks, Automotive / Aircraft Interior, Inlaying, Box Making, Flooring, Veneer and many other uses
Lumber Grades Common 1 & 2, Select and Better, FAS, Quartersawn, Quartersawn (Figured), Flitch, Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer, Premium
Other Trade Names Rock Maple, White Maple, Sugar Maple, Birdseye Maple, Curly Maple
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