Birdseye Maple

Birdseye Maple 1

Birdseye maple, also called bird’s eye maple (scientific name: Acer saccharum), is not a distinct species of maple (see hard maple). It is considered a grain anomaly. It is almost exclusively harvested from Hard Maple.

Janka Hardness :

6,450 N (1,450 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

705 kg/m3 (44.0 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

With birdseye maple, it is fairly easy to achieve good results with either hand tools or machine tools. However, when machined with high-speed cutters it tends to burn. This wood turns well and is good for steam bending. It is also good with glues and finishes well. Staining can produce blotching. For an even color, avoid using gel stain, toner, or pre-conditioner.


Pricing / Availability

Along with oak, ash is one of the least expensive types of utility hardwoods on offer in domestic markets.



Ash is mentioned in the IUCN’s Red List and falls under the ‘critically endangered’ category, as data suggests that there could be an 80 percent reduction in its population in its next three generations due to the introduction of new taxa. It is not mentioned in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

Ash is used for flooring, boxes, crates, and turned objects such as tool handles and baseball bats. It is also used in millwork.

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