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Botanical Name

Acer saccharum

Other Names

Birdseye Maple

Main Color Group

Yellow / White

Grain Pattern

Figured

Workability

Challenging

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

44

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

705

Janka Hardness - LBF

1450

Janka Hardness - N

6450

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.

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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.)

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Maple - Birdseye HF
$411.3868.63 × 10.63 × 1.94 inMAPBEHHF1116

Checks on end. Wormtracks and pinholes.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$178.1339 × 9 × 1.94 inMAPBEHHF1115

Beauiful wormtracks.

b
Maple - Birdseye HF
$203.6738.63 × 8.5 × 1.94 inMAPBEHHF1114
Out of stock

Light checks on end.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$196.2942.88 × 7.38 × 1.94 inMAPBEHHF1113

Light checks. Light pin holes.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$164.8735.44 × 7.5 × 1.94 inMAPBEHHF1112

Nice birdseye.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$144.1333.5 × 7.63 × 1.94 inMAPBEHHF1111

Light checks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$232.6037.5 × 11 × 1.88 inMAPBEHHF1110

Wormtracks. Pinholes.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$148.0225 × 10.5 × 1.88 inMAPBEHHF1109

Wormtracks. Pinholes. Small checks on end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$128.3435.25 × 8.88 × 1.94 inMAPBEH1155

Light cracks on end. Worm tracks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$143.4033.31 × 10.5 × 1.94 inMAPBEH1154

Light checks on end. Worm tracks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$119.1430.75 × 10.5 × 1.94 inMAPBEH1153

Knots. Checks. Worm tracks.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$101.9527.63 × 9 × 2 inMAPBEH1152

Knot on end. Worm tracks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$179.3161.38 × 9.5 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1151

Clear.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$125.3239 × 9.5 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1150
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$116.1739.25 × 8.75 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1149

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$108.8339 × 8.25 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1148

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$112.1339 × 8.5 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1147

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$115.4339 × 8.75 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1146

Tight knot.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$117.1439 × 8.88 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1145

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$117.5937.75 × 10.13 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1144

Knot. Check.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$24.9050 × 5 × 0.94 inMAPBEH1143
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$23.8447.88 × 5 × 0.94 inMAPBEH1142
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$49.1665.81 × 8.25 × 1 inMAPBEH1141
Out of stock

Knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$23.9032 × 8.25 × 1 inMAPBEH1140

Knot near edge.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$84.5627.5 × 10 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1139

Knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$81.1027 × 8.88 × 1.5 inMAPBEH1138

Two small knots.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$129.9932.94 × 8.75 × 1.88 inMAPBEH1137

Wane.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$125.4636 × 8.5 × 1.94 inMAPBEH1136

Check. Knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$131.0738.75 × 8.25 × 2 inMAPBEH1135

Wane.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$118.3933 × 8.75 × 1.88 inMAPBEH1134

Light crack on end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$120.8236.38 × 9 × 1.94 inMAPBEH1133

Knot.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$85.7927 × 7.75 × 1.81 inMAPBEH1132

Light check on end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$182.1841 × 7.88 × 2 inMAPBEHHF1108

Knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$243.2146.13 × 8.5 × 2 inMAPBEHHF1107
Out of stock

Wane.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$174.9536.5 × 8.5 × 2 inMAPBEHHF1106

Wane. Check one side.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$55.3553.58 × 6.44 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1105
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$42.4445.19 × 6.44 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1104
Out of stock

Knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$63.9772.5 × 5.5 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1103
Out of stock

Nice board.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$44.0250.44 × 5.44 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1102

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$31.2235.38 × 5.5 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1101
Out of stock

Small knot.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$116.6739.25 × 7.25 × 1.69 inMAPBEHHF1100

Knots, Wormholes, Nice birdseye’s

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$95.1832.56 × 7.13 × 1.75 inMAPBEHHF1099

Knots, Check

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$87.9632.88 × 7.25 × 1.69 inMAPBEHHF1098

Defects, Wormholes

b
Maple - Birdseye
$104.1431.75 × 8 × 1.63 inMAPBEHHF1097

Defects, Wormholes

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$117.2635.75 × 8 × 1.63 inMAPBEHHF1096

Wormholes, Few knots

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$118.3435.81 × 8.06 × 1.63 inMAPBEHHF1095

Knots, Wormholes

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$151.7333.25 × 11.13 × 1.75 inMAPBEHHF1094

Wormholes

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$160.8133.38 × 11.75 × 1.75 inMAPBEHHF1093

Wormholes

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$50.0073.63 × 7.5 × 0.94 inMAPBEH1131
Out of stock

Mineral streaks. Small knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$38.6173 × 5.31 × 0.94 inMAPBEH1130
Out of stock

Small check.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$26.1961.88 × 4.25 × 1 inMAPBEH1129
Out of stock

Nice birdseye.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$38.0451.75 × 7.38 × 0.88 inMAPBEH1128

Knot.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$34.7446.88 × 7.44 × 0.94 inMAPBEH1127
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$25.9738.63 × 6.75 × 1 inMAPBEH1126
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$33.3937.75 × 8.88 × 1 inMAPBEH1125
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$22.6126.31 × 8.63 × 1 inMAPBEH1124
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$109.0673.5 × 9.25 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1092
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$93.7565.81 × 8.88 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1091
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$67.0150.63 × 8.25 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1090

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$63.1947.75 × 8.25 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1089

Light check on end.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$76.0654.19 × 8.75 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1088
Out of stock

Nice birdseye.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$62.5544.56 × 8.75 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1087
Out of stock

Slight defect on edge.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$55.8348 × 7.25 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1086
Out of stock

Nice board.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$44.1938 × 7.25 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1085
Out of stock

Nice board.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$33.1725.25 × 8.19 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1084
Out of stock

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$33.3927.75 × 8.25 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1083

Knot on end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$115.1645.56 × 5.5 × 1.63 inMAPBEHHF1082
Out of stock

Light holes.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$85.7237.68 × 5.5 × 1.63 inMAPBEHHF1081

Deep checks one face.

b
Maple - Birdseye HF
$87.5530.19 × 6.31 × 1.63 inMAPBEHHF1080
Out of stock

Small holes.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$126.2350.44 × 5.69 × 1.56 inMAPBEHHF1079

End checks. Knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$106.5647.31 × 5.69 × 1.56 inMAPBEHHF1078

Knot. Bark inclusion.

b
Maple - Birdseye HF
$132.5852.25 × 5 × 2 inMAPBEHHF1077

Knot. Large check on end.

b
Maple - Birdseye HF
$63.8774 × 5.38 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1076
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$41.3943 × 6 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1075
Out of stock

Two small checks on end.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$40.6142.19 × 6 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1074

Knot on one side.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$52.2455.38 × 5.88 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1073
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$40.6843.13 × 5.88 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1072

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$33.5746.5 × 4.5 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1071

Defect on edge.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$27.7138.38 × 4.5 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1070
Out of stock

Nice board.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$66.4035.5 × 11 × 1.06 inMAPBEHHF1069
Out of stock

Beautiful board.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$179.9574 × 5.75 × 1.38 inMAPBEHHF1068

Worm tracks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$174.7263.56 × 6.5 × 1.38 inMAPBEHHF1067

Worm tracks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$166.5964 × 5.38 × 1.56 inMAPBEHHF1066
Out of stock

Small knot. Wane. Worm tracks.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$98.0137.44 × 6.19 × 1.5 inMAPBEHHF1065

Worm tracks. Knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$76.4029.81 × 6.06 × 1.44 inMAPBEHHF1064
Out of stock

Small knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$130.7054.94 × 6.25 × 1.5 inMAPBEHHF1063

Wormholes Knot.

b
Maple - Birdseye HF
$147.9053.31 × 6.56 × 1.5 inMAPBEHHF1062

Light worm tracks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$114.8938.81 × 7 × 1.38 inMAPBEHHF1061

Wormtracks. Knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$130.3846.5 × 6.63 × 1.5 inMAPBEHHF1060

Light worm tracks one face.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$68.8331 × 5.25 × 1.5 inMAPBEHHF1059

Light worm tracks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$141.0857.69 × 5.56 × 1.56 inMAPBEHHF1058

Worm tracks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$84.7537.25 × 5.38 × 1.5 inMAPBEHHF1057

Small worm tracks. Wane.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$331.7362 × 14.5 × 1.94 inMAPBEH1123
Out of stock

Beautiful birdseye.  Some rot present on one side of the board.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$328.3462.81 × 12.75 × 1.94 inMAPBEH1122

Cracks at end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$188.8057.56 × 8 × 1.94 inMAPBEH1121

Beautiful figure. Varies 7”-9.75”.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$338.6766.75 × 11.25 × 1.94 inMAPBEH1120

Varies 10.5”-12.5”. Beautiful figure.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$47.4555.9 × 9.375 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1119
Out of stock

Heartwood and knots.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$81.1361.812 × 9 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1056
Out of stock

Curl in figure with wane on edges.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$72.3455.5 × 8.125 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1055
Out of stock

Nice figure.

a

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