|Bigleaf/Quilted Maple |
DESCRIPTION: Grows in the Pacific Northwest. Quilted maple is a world class figured hardwood with big bubbles of compression. It is treasured by musical instrument makers especially for solid body electric guitars & acoustic six strings. Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from almost white, to a light golden or reddish brown, while the heartwood is a darker reddish brown. Silver Maple can also be seen with curly or quilted grain patterns. Has closed pores & a fine texture. Bigleaf Maple is considered to be in the grouping of Soft Maples, and its wood is lighter, softer & weaker than that of Hard Maple.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Western USA; Pacific Northwest / Canada, Calfornia thru British Columbia.
BOTANICAL NAME: Acer macrophyllum
WORKING PROPERTIES: Fairly easy to work with both hand & machine tools. Turns, glues & finishes well, though blotches can occur when staining, and a pre-conditioner, gel stain, or toner may be necessary to get an even color.
USES: Architecural millwork, cabinetry, fine furniture, musical instruments (primarly electric guitars),veneer, wood turning & many other uses!
JANKA HARDNESS: 850