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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
R713.12185.5 × 14.5 × 2.9 cmMAPBE1025
Weight 6.1 kg
Dimensions 185.5 × 14.5 × 2.9 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Pretty board with knots and surface checks.

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Maple - Birdseye
R813.66186 × 16.5 × 3 cmMAPBE1024
Weight 6.6 kg
Dimensions 186 × 16.5 × 3 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely board with surface checks.

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Maple - Birdseye
R672.45186 × 15 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1023
Weight 5.5 kg
Dimensions 186 × 15 × 2.8 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Stunning board with surface checks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
R734.32186 × 18.2 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1022
Weight 7.5 kg
Dimensions 186 × 18.2 × 2.8 cm
Grade

B

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Nice board with surface checks.

b
Maple - Birdseye
R739.69186 × 15 × 2.9 cmMAPBE1021
Weight 5.8 kg
Dimensions 186 × 15 × 2.9 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Nice board with surface checks and a knot.

a
Maple - Birdseye
R670.65185.5 × 15 × 2.9 cmMAPBE1020
Out of stock

Pretty board surface checks and a knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
R663.41183.5 × 15 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1019
Weight 5.8 kg
Dimensions 183.5 × 15 × 2.8 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Pretty board with surface checks, a crack and knots.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
R1,035.58186 × 21 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1018
Weight 8.7 kg
Dimensions 186 × 21 × 2.8 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely board with surface checks and a knot

a
Maple - Birdseye
R760.06185.5 × 17 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1017
Weight 6.2 kg
Dimensions 185.5 × 17 × 2.8 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely board with surface checks and knots.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
R946.81186 × 19.2 × 2.9 cmMAPBE1016
Weight 7.6 kg
Dimensions 186 × 19.2 × 2.9 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Nice board with surface checks, knots and a crack.

a
Maple - Birdseye
R764.64188.5 × 15.3 × 2.9 cmMAPBE1015
Weight 6.3 kg
Dimensions 188.5 × 15.3 × 2.9 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely board with a surface check and a knot.

a
Maple - Birdseye
R633.17185 × 14.2 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1014
Weight 5.7 kg
Dimensions 185 × 14.2 × 2.8 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Stunning board with surface checks.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
R688.53185.5 × 15.4 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1013
Weight 5.9 kg
Dimensions 185.5 × 15.4 × 2.8 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Nice board with surface checks and a knot.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
R875.41185.5 × 17.8 × 2.9 cmMAPBE1012
Weight 7 kg
Dimensions 185.5 × 17.8 × 2.9 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Pretty board with surface checks and knots.

a
Maple - Birdseye
R611.48186 × 12.4 × 2.9 cmMAPBE1011
Weight 4.8 kg
Dimensions 186 × 12.4 × 2.9 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Pretty board with a knot and surface checks.

a
Maple - Birdseye
R729.84186 × 14.8 × 2.9 cmMAPBE1010
Weight 5.6 kg
Dimensions 186 × 14.8 × 2.9 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely board with surface checks, colour variation and wane.

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Clearance Bundle - Maple - Birdseye 26mm - AA03
R13,545.47 R6,772.73245 × 70 × 20 cmCB_MAPBE26_AA03
Out of stock

Clearance Bundle:  Maple – Birdseye 26mm

Bundle size: 245cm x 70cm x 20cm
Piece dimensions:  +-215-245cm x 10-25cm x 2.0-2.2cm
Approximate m3: 0.18m3.  At retail price, this would be 11778.67 excl

NB:
Febfest Clearance bundles are sold “voetstoots” with no returns.
Boards can be twisted, skew and cracked, discoloured, but there is lots of usable wood.
Feel free to come in and assess the bundles in person before buying or call for more photos and details if you are up country.

*Does not qualify for free shipping

b
Maple - Birdseye
R1,091.78214.3 × 17.8 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1008
Out of stock

Heavy birdseye with curl. 2 small knots.

ab
Maple - Birdseye
R884.47214.6 × 14.4 × 2.7 cmMAPBE1007
Out of stock

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

ab
Maple - Birdseye
R1,472.13247.4 × 18.9 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1006
Out of stock

Medium figure. 10cm crack on one end

a
Maple - Birdseye
R961.84247.1 × 13.6 × 2.7 cmMAPBE1005
Out of stock

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

ab
Maple - Birdseye
R934.31247.3 × 12 × 2.7 cmMAPBE1004
Out of stock

Medium birdseye to heavy birdseye with curl present

a
Maple - Birdseye
R866.82215.1 × 12.8 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1003
Out of stock

Light birdseye, but curl present too.

a
Maple - Birdseye
R945.01214.4 × 14 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1002
Out of stock

heavy birdseye on half board with colour variation.

a
Maple - Birdseye
R765.89185.7 × 13.1 × 2.8 cmMAPBE1001
Out of stock

Medium figure. Some colour variation. Curl present too.

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