Birdseye Maple is a prized wood for artisans and fine furniture makers, and although it has long been treasured by furniture makers, very little is known about Birdseye Maple, from its geographical range to what exactly causes it. It is normally found in sugar maple but it is not limited to this species. It has also been found in other trees, including Norway and Red Maple, Yellow Birch, White Ash, Black Walnut and American Beech.
Maple is a hard wood that is creamy white to off white in color and primarily comes from the Eastern United States and Canada. Maple is a hard, heavy, and strong wood that is very resistant to shock and abrasive wear.
Maple has excellent machinability and takes a finish very well; however, stained finishes are not recommended due to its light color and the hardness of the wood, which inhibits the penetration of the stain into the pores.
Maple has a closed grain and uniform texture and is a fantastic wood for applications requiring hardness and extreme durability. Some of the figured Hard Maple is available in Curly/Tiger, or Birdseye.
Common uses for Maple include furniture, handles, cabinets, woodenware, flooring, paneling and millwork.
Other Names: Sugar Maple, Black Maple, Norway Maple, Rock Maple