Description: Hard maple is one of the most commonly used woods in butcher blocks and is known as one of the most reliable hardwoods found in North America. It is heavy, strong, straight-grained, and has a uniform texture. The grain can sometimes be curly or wavy. Hard maples are approximately 35 % harder than most soft maples. It can be difficult to work with, but it moulds and paints well. Hard maple has excellent resistance to abrasion and wear. All of these qualities make a Hard Maple Wood Countertop a great choice for your kitchen.
Alternate Trade Names: Rock Maple, Sugar Maple, White Maple, Hard Rock Maple, Black Maple, Black Sugar Maple
Origin: Canada and United States
Color: Uniform pale red-brown or light tan, the sapwood is white with a red tinge
Grain: Very hard, typically straight, sometimes wavy or curly, lightly grained
Janka Hardness: 1450
Hard Maple Facts: The tree is typically 70 to 120 feet high (20 to 37 meters). The trunks diameter is typically about 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters. The maple leaf is on the coat of arms and the flag of Canada. It is a common symbol of strength and endurance. The maple tree has been chosen as the national tree of many countries, such as Canada. Maple trees are also used for making syrup, ornamental plants, and the smoking of food. Maple is very commonly used in baseball bats. In 1998 the maple bat was introduced to Major League Baseball (MLB) by Sam Holman of Sam Bats. It is now the standard bat used by most professional baseball players replacing Ash. The necks of electric guitars are often made of figured maple wood, for example Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster necks were originally entirely made of maple wood. Hard Maple is available FSC certified.
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