Sugar Maple, Rock Maple, Black Maple, Sweet Maple.
Until the turn of the century, the heels of women's shoes were
made from maple. Maple has been a favorite of American furniture
makers since early Colonial days. Hard maple is the standard wood
for cutting boards because it imparts no taste to food and holds
up well. The hard maple is the state tree
of New York, Wisconsin, Vermont and West Virginia.
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In the North, during the cold nights and warm days of late winter,
the sugar maple is tapped for its sucrose-containing sap, the source
of maple syrup. It may take up to 30 gallons of sap to make one
gallon of syrup. A single sugar maple tree produces up to 12 gallons
of sap a year. Early American settlers used maple ashes to make
soap and Native Americans crafted their spears from hard maple.
Eastern U.S., principally Mid-Atlantic and Lake states. A cold
weather tree favoring a more northerly climate, its average height
is 130 feet.
Flooring, furniture, paneling, ballroom and gymnasium floors,
kitchen cabinets, worktops, table tops, butchers blocks, toys, kitchenware
and millwork: stairs, handrails, mouldings, and doors.
4 percent of U.S. hardwoods commercially available.
The sapwood is creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge
and the heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown. The amount
of darker brown heartwood can vary significantly according to growing
region. Both sapwood and heartwood can contain pith fleck. The wood
has a close fine, uniform texture and is generally straight-grained,
but it can also occur as "curly," "fiddleback," and "birds-eye"
Widely available. The higher quality grades of lumber are available
selected for white color (sapwood) although this can limit availability.
Figured maple (birds-eye, curly, fiddleback) is generally only available
in commercial volumes as veneer.
Ash • Beech • Brazilian Cherry • Brazilian Walnut • Aromatic Cedar • Cherry • Coffeenut • Cypress • Hickory • Hard Maple • Poplar • Red Elm • Red Oak • Sassafras • Soft Maple • Walnut • White Oak • White Pine • Yellow Pine • Heart Pine