Birds Eye Maple is a sugar maple with a unique figure pattern giving the appearance of eyes. The use of maple for fretboards requires the wood to be treated with hard finishes like urethane or acrylic to preserve it’s natural colour and protect it from sweat, moisture, dirt, etc. Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Hard maple flourishes west and south from southeastern Canada and Maine to Minnesota, Missouri, and Alabama. The popularity of Burls can be attributed to the large number of cue builders that utilize these woods by coring them out and placing laminated dowels inside to strengthen the fragile wood.
Our John Boos Square Maple Block features 4 legs, 6 in. x 6 in. x 4 in. inches thick with solid legs! In contrast with the angular notching of the silver maple , however, the notches tend to be rounded at their interior. It is the very same tree cultivated and preserved for the production of maple syrup, which has been documented in the America’s dating back to the 1540’s.
Were I’m from, there are either hard (sugar) or soft (we called it) if you can lift a flake of bark with yout fingers (or little kid fingers) easly, it’s soft maple,,,, still ok to burn, but not as hot as Sugar Maple. Balanced Body® wood is beautiful, absorbs noise, and is built to last a lifetime. During the 1950’s the company phased out the tool products and concentrated on hockey sticks and baseball bats.
And yes, the grain of the maple is much tighter than the hickory, the maple much more light reflective and so on. All of which are desirable characteristics to have in a workbench or at the very minimum, the bench top. Like you, I’ve found red maple (haven’t encountered silver) nearly useless- doesn’t seem to like to burn much even when it’s bone dry and produces very minimal heat.
Sugar maple is generally straight grained but the grain also occurs as birds-eye,” curly,” and fiddleback” grain. For hundreds of years, designers have sought out irregular maple wood patterns like bird’s eye” or flame” wood grain, which create eccentric and illuminated wood furniture showpieces. Hard Rock Maple, also known as Sugar Maple, is found in abundance throughout the upper Midwest and Canada.
The Sugar Maple is one of the most important Canadian trees , being (with Black Maple ) the major source of sap for making maple syrup ; Sugar Maple being regarded as slightly better. Re-glue loose joints, bleach stains and rub out water stains with linseed oil before applying a new finish to cleaned or stripped maple furniture. The edge grain butcher block Lyptus is farm raised and looks like Cherry Wood or Mahogany. You just don’t see large stands of beech and maple in the woods around here…..at least I never have. The butcher block requires rubbing with Mystery Oil or Wood Cream , every few months to keep it looking new.
I’d much rather burn beech than oak or even hickory or black locust (another great but long burning wood), but it’s hard to get someone to cut it for me. If someone says they have beech and the price is the same, I always have them throw it on the truck. GENERAL DISTRIBUTION: Sugar maple (Hard Maple) grows from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick westward to Ontario and Manitoba, southward through Minnesota, and eastern Kansas into northeastern Texas.
In some parts of New England, particularly near urbanized areas, the sugar maple is being displaced by the Norway maple The Norway maple is also highly shade tolerant, but is considerably more tolerant of urban conditions, resulting in the sugar maple’s replacement in those area. This auction is for 1 nice piece of Premium Hard Maple as described below.Lumber is from New York.
It is slightly denser and heavier than European maple and it’s mainly used for top and top plates construction. I have some maple here that the grain looks like the wavy edges of french fries, don`t know what kind it is. If you don`t get the grain direction right when you are trying to split it you have to use a wedge on it to get it to split. Working out of their Combermere home and workshop, artisans Marcel Dionne and Nicole Picotte hand craft a variety of beautiful ambidextrous kitchen utensils using rock maple, an extremely durable wood from Ontario’s Sugar Maple Tree.
Both are complemented by the smooth and lustrous finish we give our wood equipment, to bring out the beauty of the grain. Stronger flamed or birdseye figured maple are not available, since they are not in our experience suitable to be used as neck wood for stability reasons. I asked the folks in Oz what Aussie wood was good for BBQing and they thought I was crazy. Joe Carter was the first big leaguer to start using maple bats as his preferred piece of lumber. Sugar Maple is also a choice for some butchers as a smoking wood,, cut some small for your grill, wet them so they wont lite, to season stakes and bergers on your grill.