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Trade Names: Birdseye Maple, Curly Maple, Fiddleback Maple, Northern Maple, Rock Maple, Sugar Maple, Black Maple.
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Origin: Northern parts of North America.
Range: Special form of Hard Maple ( Sugar Maple ) in which the so-called Birdseye form around the log due
to “sleeping bud growth”. This shows as small dots in the wood. There are many theories on the
cause of the Birds eye but none of these could be proved conclusively up to now:
– Parasite fungi which cause an irregularity in the cambium;
– Birdseye develop when the tree grows on barren and rocky ground or under tension;
– Genetic causes.
Uses: High quality architectural woodwork, high quality furniture.
For price reasons often copied by fineline veneers (artificial Birdseye Maple).
At the present time it is fashionable to colour-stain or dye Birdseye Maple in all thinkable colours
(chemical treatment not permitted in Germany due to waste water contamination).
Properties: Often slight changes in colour within one log from a yellowish white on the outside to reddish in the
heart of the log. In additional frequently occurring black patches and brown “sugar patches”.
Trunks over 2.70 m long are rare due to their small dimensions.
Machining: Smooth surfaces can be produced by using carbide-tipped tools and adjusted feed speeds.
The same applies to moulding. The burn risk has to be considered.
Seasoning: Drying must be carried out very slowly and carefully to prevent checking and warping.
Finishing: Birdseye Maple is particularly suitable for staining and producing lustrous surfaces.
Jointing: Glue joints hold well. Screw joints should be pre-drilled.