|Main Color Group||
Yellow / White
|Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3||
|Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3||
|Janka Hardness - LBF||
|Janka Hardness - N||
Birdseye Maple is another title which does not, necessarily, denote a specific Acer species — although the bulk of what is sold is Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum) — but, rather, a unique figuring that occurs in maple as a result of numerous small- to medium-sized knots accumulating in the wood. It remains one of the most coveted and sought-after of all figured maple varieties.
Although it has never been scientifically proven, the prevailing school of thought is that the figuring is reportedly caused by unfavorable growing conditions. As the tree attempts to access more sunlight, buds begin to sprout in its trunk — to try and grow more branches, to access more light — but the tree lacks the requisite nutrients to support the growth and the new shoots are aborted, resulting in “birdseyes” (small knots) embedded in the tree’s wood.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List.
Common Uses: Veneer, furniture, cabinetry, guitar building, and decorative and trim uses.
Comments: There can be very large variances in birdseye size and content. Boards with larger concentrations of birdseyes are, obviously, more sought after and, thus, command greater prices than more sparsely decorated pieces. When sanded and finish-sanded, boards featuring somewhat larger birdseyes can have an almost 3D look — like brown bumps, sitting up on a light golden surface.
There have been tearout issues associated with birdseyes, as sometimes these tiny knots can wind up leaving tiny voids. There are also justified concerns that the tiny voids may occur sometime after the wood has been put into service. Because of this, some electric guitar luthiers shy away from using Birdseye Maple for fretboard wood, as slotting the frets can prove adventurous (if not downright painful). 🙂 (Others, who do use it, will apply a finish coat of some type of protective lacquer over the fretboard when completing the neck.)
|$25.00||A||21 x 3 x 0.3 in||FINGERMAPBE1001|| |
May contain light and dark color
21.0″ x 3.0″ x 0.30″ (minimum)
Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for boxmaking and other smaller items
Photographs are representative of what you will receive
|AB||43 x 4 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1030|| |
Rough at one end but measure allows some compensation.
|B||58 x 4.25 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1029|| |
Heartwood one face. Small knot one edge. Large knot one end but outside measurement
|AB||49.75 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1028|| |
One rough edge at one end
|AB||52.5 x 4.5 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1027|| |
Rough edges at one end.
|A||74 x 3.5 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1026|| |
Rough edges in two places
|AB||62 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1025|| |
Small patch of heartwood
|B||60.5 x 7 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1024|| |
Heartwood mainly on one face. Small knots
|AB||49 x 5 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1023|| |
Rough edges both ends on one face
|B||73.5 x 5.75 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1022|| |
Knot and crack at one end. Heartwood on one side.
|AB||50 x 5 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1021|| |
One rough edge
|B||74 x 3.25 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1020|| |
Knot. One Rough edge
|A||61 x 4.25 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1019|| |
Rough edges one end of one face
|AB||73.25 x 3.25 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1018|| |
Small defects one end. Small area of heartwood on one face
|AB||73.25 x 5.25 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1017|| |
Heart wood on one face. Two small dark spots on other side
|B||74 x 5.5 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1016|| |
Some heartwood. Check one end. Defect other end.
|AB||61.5 x 5 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1015|| |
Heartwood mainly on one face. Small knot one end.
|A||62 x 4 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1014|| |
Rough edge on one face
|AB||73 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1013|| |
Defect on one short edge and one long edge
|B||73.5 x 6 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1012|| |
Large knot. Rough edges
|AB||62 x 4.5 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1011|| |
Defect on edge top and small one other end
|AB||74 x 6 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1010|| |
Patches of heartwood
|B||73 x 4 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1009|| |
Heart wood mainly on reverse face. Defect at one end
|AB||62 x 4.5 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1008|| |
Some rough patches on edges
|AB||61.5 x 7.75 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1007|| |
Some rough patches. Knot on corner. Some heartwood. One edge not completely square.
|AB||74 x 3.5 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1006|| |
Some rough patches.
|C||73.5 x 5.75 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1005|| |
Some rough patches. Mostly heartwood. Large knot one end
|AB||73 x 6 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1004|| |
Patch of heartwood on reverse face
|AB||50 x 8 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1003|| |
Rough patch on reverse face
|A||73.5 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1002|| |
Defect on edge of one face
|AB||49 x 9 x 0.8 in||MAPBEH1001|| |
Some rough planing patches. 1 edge not completely sq
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