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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
$109.0673.5 × 9.25 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1092

Clear.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$93.7565.81 × 8.88 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1091

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

Nice birdseye.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$62.5544.56 × 8.75 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1087

Slight defect on edge.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$55.8348 × 7.25 × 1 inMAPBEHHF1086

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Maple - Birdseye HF
$73.1659.9 × 8.375 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1054
Out of stock

Knot one face.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$50.5360 × 5.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1053
Out of stock

Nice figure.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$52.5152.375 × 6.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1052

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$58.1954.75 × 6.625 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1051
Out of stock

Nice curl in figure.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$69.6066.75 × 6.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1050

Heartwood streaks.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$45.8659.9 × 5.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1049

Heartwood one face.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$28.8937 × 8.625 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1117
Out of stock

Crack on one edge.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$24.2036 × 6.75 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1116
Out of stock

Wane on one end.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$34.1054 × 7.75 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1115

Crack one end with spalting.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$44.2054.625 × 8.125 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1114

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$31.7438.625 × 8.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1113
Out of stock

Heartwood one face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$29.5849.5 × 6 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1112

Low figure.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$62.0863.125 × 9.875 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1111

Heartwood one face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$42.1864.25 × 7.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1110

Wane on both edges.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$43.9166.9 × 7.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1109

Wane on both edges.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$39.1356.5 × 8.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1108
Out of stock

Spalting on one end.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$41.5654 × 8.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1107
Out of stock

Wane on one edge.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$54.2270.25 × 7.75 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1106
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$51.9454.9 × 9.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1105

Knot one face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$36.4754.25 × 8.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1104
Out of stock

Spalting on one end one edge.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$30.9740 × 9.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1103

Wane on one end.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$34.1135.812 × 9.562 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1102
Out of stock

Clear nice figure.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$27.2634.75 × 9.625 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1101

Crack one end with wane on edges.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$26.8236.187 × 8.187 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1100

Knots one face with curly figure.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$20.2436.125 × 5.625 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1099
Out of stock

Heartwood one face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$21.0137.5 × 5.625 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1098
Out of stock

Great figure.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$18.0440.25 × 5.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1097

Spalting both faces.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$21.8439.875 × 5.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1096
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$21.9840.125 × 5.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1095
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$24.2451 × 5.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1094

Knot one face with rough edges.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$39.5448.125 × 8.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1093
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$53.3372.5 × 8.125 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1092
Out of stock

Spalting one end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$45.9861.562 × 8.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1091
Out of stock

Spalting one end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$39.7136.25 × 11 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1090

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$41.7038.062 × 11 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1089

Heartwood one face.

a
Maple - Birdseye
$30.8340.062 × 8.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1088
Out of stock

Crack on one edge and one end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$28.6440.75 × 8.625 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1087

Spalting on both faces.

b
Maple - Birdseye
$31.6541.125 × 8.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1086
Out of stock

Wane on one edge.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$81.1761 × 9.125 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1048
Out of stock

Slight spalting.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$32.0141.812 × 5.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1047

Spalting one face.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$34.9542 × 5.187 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1046
Out of stock

Great figure.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$33.2054.375 × 4.187 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1045

Spalting one end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$34.6355.875 × 4.25 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1044
Out of stock

Lovely board.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$96.2360.75 × 9.875 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1043
Out of stock

Nice figure.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$66.8948 × 8.687 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1042

Heartwood one face.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$59.0542.375 × 8.687 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1041

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$60.4860.437 × 7.625 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1040

Wane with spalting both faces.

b
Maple - Birdseye HF
$70.2961.5 × 7.125 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1039

Heartwood streaks.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$37.2237.5 × 6.187 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1038
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$36.8537.125 × 6.187 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1037

Clear two face.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$41.8440.125 × 6.5 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1036

Heartwood one face.

a
Maple - Birdseye HF
$37.4339.875 × 6.437 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1035

Heartwood both faces with small check one end.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$107.8661 × 12.125 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1034
Out of stock

Wane one edge with slight spalting.

ab
Maple - Birdseye HF
$106.2961.375 × 11.875 × 0.937 inMAPBEHHF1033

Bark inclusion with wane on both edges.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$35.9247.375 × 8.375 × 0.875 inMAPBEH1085

One edge is rough.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
$55.0160.125 × 9.187 × 0.937 inMAPBEH1084

Heartwood streaks on one face.

a

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