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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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    Maple - Birdseye Lumber @ Rare Woods USA
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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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    MAPBEH1315_1
    MAPBEH1315
    0.81"
    x 7.38" x
    42.5"
    Edge defect

    $27.30

    MAPBEH1314_1
    MAPBEH1314
    0.81"
    x 7.38" x
    42.88"
    Clean

    $34.20

    MAPBEH1313_1
    MAPBEH1313
    0.81"
    x 6.56" x
    49"
    Clean

    $38.80

    MAPBEH1312_1
    MAPBEH1312
    0.81"
    x 6.63" x
    48.88"
    Clean

    $40.08

    MAPBEH1311_1
    MAPBEH1311
    0.81"
    x 8.31" x
    48.88"
    Edge defect,Knot

    $45.82

    MAPBEH1310_1
    MAPBEH1310
    0.81"
    x 5.94" x
    43.69"
    Clean

    $27.84

    MAPBEH1309_1
    MAPBEH1309
    0.81"
    x 5.81" x
    43.5"
    Edge Defect,Worm tracks

    $24.39

    MAPBEH1308_1
    MAPBEH1308
    0.81"
    x 6.19" x
    49"
    Edge defect,Skip planed

    $34.97

    MAPBEH1307_1
    MAPBEH1307
    0.81"
    x 6.19" x
    48.88"
    Edge defect

    $34.90

    MAPBEH1306_1
    MAPBEH1306
    0.81"
    x 6.13" x
    42.75"
    Edge defect

    $24.87

    MAPBEH1305_1
    MAPBEH1305
    0.81"
    x 6.13" x
    42.5"
    Edge defect

    $25.19

    MAPBEH1304_1
    MAPBEH1304
    0.81"
    x 8.31" x
    48.94"
    Bark inclusion,Skip planed

    $43.82

    MAPBEH1303_1
    MAPBEH1303
    0.75"
    x 8.25" x
    48.94"
    Bark inclusion

    $43.46

    MAPBEH1302_1
    MAPBEH1302
    0.81"
    x 5.44" x
    49"
    Clean

    $33.72

    MAPBEH1301_1
    MAPBEH1301
    0.75"
    x 5.5" x
    49"
    Bark inclusion,Skip planed

    $31.27

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