Curly Maple, also known as Tiger Maple, is a figured wood. The grain of the wood grows in a distinctive stripe or flame pattern. Birdseye Maple refers to Maple grain that grows in a swirly pattern. Collectively these types are known as “Figured Maple” and they are among the world’s most sought-after woods. Scientists still do not understand what creates the elegant figure and distinctive pattern in the grain of some Maples.
A hallmark of fine New England furniture making from the Colonial period to the present, figured Maple remains a favorite of woodworkers and wood enthusiasts for its beauty, rarity, and mystery. Our figured Maple floors are available in Select, Premium, and Natural grades.