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Maple – Birdseye

Acer saccharum
Also known as |
Birdseye Maple
Maple - Birdseye Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

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.

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.

Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List.

Why We Love This Wood

Gorgeous grain patterns found in a Maine species? What's not to love?

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupYellow / White
    Grain Pattern Figured
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.7
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3705
    Janka Hardness - LBF1450
    Janka Hardness - N6450
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    Grade

    UOM

    Price

    Maple-Birdseye-1Common&better-4/4Lumber-heavyfigure
    4/4 Lumber – heavy figure
    1 Common & better
    bf
    15
    bf
    no
    Maple-Birdseye-1Common&better-6/4Lumber-heavyfigure

    6/4 Lumber – heavy figure

    1 Common & better
    bf
    27
    bf
    no
    Maple-Birdseye-1Common&better-8/4Lumber-heavyfigure

    8/4 Lumber – heavy figure

    1 Common & better
    bf
    29
    bf
    no
    Maple-Birdseye-1Common&better-4/4Lumber-unsortedfigure

    4/4 Lumber – unsorted figure

    1 Common & better
    bf
    8
    bf
    no
    Maple-Birdseye-1Common&better-6/4Lumber-unsortedfigure

    6/4 Lumber – unsorted figure

    1 Common & better
    bf
    16
    bf
    no
    Maple-Birdseye-1Common&better-8/4Lumber-unsortedfigure

    8/4 Lumber – unsorted figure

    1 Common & better
    bf
    18
    bf
    no
    Maple-Birdseye-Ungraded-Peelercores-84″long

    Peeler cores – 84″ long

    Ungraded
    ea
    250
    ea
    no

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    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1155
    1.63" x 7.63" x 54.94"

    Bark inclusions. Worm tracks. Cracks on end.

    $186.15

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1155
    1.63" x 7.63" x 54.94"

    $186.15

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    1.63" x 7.63" x 54.94"
    MAPBEHHF1155

    $186.15

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1154
    1.63" x 7.19" x 46.5"

    Crack on end. Bark inclusions.

    $148.47

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1154
    1.63" x 7.19" x 46.5"

    $148.47

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    1.63" x 7.19" x 46.5"
    MAPBEHHF1154

    $148.47

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1153
    1.5" x 7.31" x 34"

    Rustic.

    $84.09

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1153
    1.5" x 7.31" x 34"

    $84.09

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    1.5" x 7.31" x 34"
    MAPBEHHF1153

    $84.09

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1152
    1.5" x 7.38" x 34"

    Knot. Skip planed. Worm tracks.

    $106.12

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1152
    1.5" x 7.38" x 34"

    $106.12

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    1.5" x 7.38" x 34"
    MAPBEHHF1152

    $106.12

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1151
    1.5" x 7.38" x 34"

    Cracks. Bark inclusion. Skip planed. Worm tracks.

    $95.51

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1151
    1.5" x 7.38" x 34"

    $95.51

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    1.5" x 7.38" x 34"
    MAPBEHHF1151

    $95.51

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1150
    1.63" x 6.19" x 33.94"

    Cracks in end. Knots. Bark inclusions. Skip planed.

    $103.66

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1150
    1.63" x 6.19" x 33.94"

    $103.66

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    1.63" x 6.19" x 33.94"
    MAPBEHHF1150

    $103.66

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1149
    1.63" x 6.06" x 33.38"

    Worm tracks. Bark inclusions.

    $89.83

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1149
    1.63" x 6.06" x 33.38"

    $89.83

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    1.63" x 6.06" x 33.38"
    MAPBEHHF1149

    $89.83

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1148
    1.63" x 6.13" x 36.44"

    Worm tracks. Bark inclusions. Defects on edge.

    $99.19

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    MAPBEHHF1148
    1.63" x 6.13" x 36.44"

    $99.19

    Maple – Birdseye HF
    1.63" x 6.13" x 36.44"
    MAPBEHHF1148

    $99.19

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1294
    1.06" x 4.94" x 50.81"

    Defect on edge.

    $22.73

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1294
    1.06" x 4.94" x 50.81"

    $22.73

    Maple – Birdseye
    1.06" x 4.94" x 50.81"
    MAPBEH1294

    $22.73

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1292
    1.06" x 5" x 43.38"

    Skip planes, minor check.

    $21.60

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1292
    1.06" x 5" x 43.38"

    $21.60

    Maple – Birdseye
    1.06" x 5" x 43.38"
    MAPBEH1292

    $21.60

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1291
    1" x 5.25" x 39.38"

    Wane

    $20.59

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1291
    1" x 5.25" x 39.38"

    $20.59

    Maple – Birdseye
    1" x 5.25" x 39.38"
    MAPBEH1291

    $20.59

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1281
    0.94" x 5.25" x 45"

    Wanes

    $21.39

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1281
    0.94" x 5.25" x 45"

    $21.39

    Maple – Birdseye
    0.94" x 5.25" x 45"
    MAPBEH1281

    $21.39

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1280
    0.94" x 5.44" x 40.75"

    Wane

    $20.07

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1280
    0.94" x 5.44" x 40.75"

    $20.07

    Maple – Birdseye
    0.94" x 5.44" x 40.75"
    MAPBEH1280

    $20.07

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1279
    1.06" x 4.38" x 40.5"

    Wane

    $17.67

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1279
    1.06" x 4.38" x 40.5"

    $17.67

    Maple – Birdseye
    1.06" x 4.38" x 40.5"
    MAPBEH1279

    $17.67

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1278
    1.06" x 4.38" x 45.06"

    Small wane

    $19.66

    Maple – Birdseye
    MAPBEH1278
    1.06" x 4.38" x 45.06"

    $19.66

    Maple – Birdseye
    1.06" x 4.38" x 45.06"
    MAPBEH1278

    $19.66

    Maple - Birdseye

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    The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects. 

    It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

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    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central American wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

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    Longhi

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    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

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    Birch - Yellow

    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

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    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

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