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Maple – Birdseye

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Species Description: Wood Species

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.)

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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

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Maple - Birdseye
R884.47214.6 × 14.4 × 2.7 cmMAPBE1007
Weight 6.3 kg
Dimensions 214.6 × 14.4 × 2.7 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Birdseye

Heavy birdseye. Some colour variation. Knots goes through both sides.

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Maple - Birdseye
R1,472.13247.4 × 18.9 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1006
Weight 9.7 kg
Dimensions 247.4 × 18.9 × 2.8 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Birdseye

Medium figure. 10cm crack on one end

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Maple - Birdseye
R961.84247.1 × 13.6 × 2.7 cmMAPBE1005
Weight 7 kg
Dimensions 247.1 × 13.6 × 2.7 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Birdseye

Medium to heavy figure.some colour variation. 1 knot through the board

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Maple - Birdseye
R934.31247.3 × 12 × 2.7 cmMAPBE1004
Weight 6.3 kg
Dimensions 247.3 × 12 × 2.7 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Birdseye

Medium birdseye to heavy birdseye with curl present

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Maple - Birdseye
R866.82215.1 × 12.8 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1003
Weight 6 kg
Dimensions 215.1 × 12.8 × 2.8 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Birdseye

Light birdseye, but curl present too.

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Maple - Birdseye
R945.01214.4 × 14 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1002
Weight 6.5 kg
Dimensions 214.4 × 14 × 2.8 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Birdseye

heavy birdseye on half board with colour variation.

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Maple - Birdseye
R765.89185.7 × 13.1 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1001
Weight 5.3 kg
Dimensions 185.7 × 13.1 × 2.8 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Birdseye

Medium figure. Some colour variation. Curl present too.

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