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Birdseye Maple  noun \ˈbərdz ˈī ˈmā-pəl\  Change text size for readability...  Print This Page
00:54Birdseye Maple is a term used to describe maple wood which has tiny, round spots of figure, pockets of knotted curly grain which are thought to resemble the small eyes of birds. Of all the hardwoods, maple has more diverse patterns of figure, and more descriptive terms for those patterns.

Birdseye Maple which has "heavy eyes" may also sometimes be referred to as Burlwood.

Birdseye Maple is seen in fine woodwork including furniture and custom cabinetry as well as various acoustic musical instruments, especially Guitar, Mandolin and Violin family instruments. The wood delivers a unique and beautiful visual enhancement to stringed instruments. Birdseye Maple is visually distinct and quite different from curly or fiddleback maple which is more common in these instruments..
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