Birdseye Maple Veneer

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Birdseye is a distinctive and intriguing pattern resembling small swirling eyes in the grain of wood. It occurs naturally in a several types of wood, but predominantly in sugar maple (Acer saccharum).

Birdseye patterns can vary in shape from round to oval to a streaky raindrop form. The small oblong ones are commonly referred to as “rice eyes” and the larger or contrastier eyes that have a shadow or halo around them are called “whale eyes”.
The spacing also varies a great deal from tree to tree, making each unique. There are several unproven theories on how the Birdseye phenomenon occurs. One is Bird Peck or fungus. Another theory is when sap starts to run in the spring , the sudden alternating thawing and freezing of this sap could cause indentations in the grain.  Scientists are still at a loss to fully explain just how these fascinating characteristics occur.

The birdseye occur radially and to take advantage of this characteristic the logs are mostly sliced on a rotary lathe. In production a score line is cut lengthwise into the log, preferably where there is a defect or less eye concentration, like that the consecutive sheets can be assembled in sequence.

The Appeal of Birdseye Maple

Birds Eye ShowcaseBirdseye maple is a magnificent and beautiful wood which is also very rare, occurring in less than 0.1% of all sugar maple trees. Maple is a very hard wood and Continue Reading…

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