Maple wood is valuable commercially for uses ranging from fine cabinetry, flooring, and furniture (for the larger “hard maple” species, such as A. saccharum and A. nigrum, black maple, and A. pseudoplatanus, sycamore maple) to railroad ties, pallets, and fuelwood (for the soft maples, such as A. saccharinum, silver maple, and A. rubrum, red maple). The dense wood of hard maples makes an excellent “tonewood,” and is used in musical instruments ranging from guitars and violins to bassoons and pianos; many drum kits are constructed of maple (Wikipedia 2011). Hard maples may grow unusual grain patterns, such as birdseye, which are particularly valued by woodworkers (MapleInfo.org 2011).
- MapleInfo.org. 2011. “Birdseye in sugar maple.” State of Vermont, Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Retrieved on September 12, 2011, from http://www.mapleinfo.org/htm/bird.cfm.
- Wikipedia. 2011. Maple. (1 Dec 2009). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia., 21:18 UTC. 18 Dec 2009 ">http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Maple&oldid=329112782/"> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Maple&oldid=329112782.
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