Curly Hard Maple: Figured Lumber

Curly Hard Maple is Hard Maple lumber with a figure that typically runs across the width of the board. Curly Hard Maple has a tight sporadic curl most of the time, but the figure in each board can vary, making this a unique one-of-a-kind lumber. Curly Hard Maple is 20 percent harder than Curly Soft Maple lumber, making it a good choice when extra strength and durability is needed.

The music instrument industry uses Curly Hard Maple in many areas of guitar parts. Curly Hard Maple is typically white maple but can have spots of heartwood color as well. Thicker stock in Curly Hard Maple is very difficult to source, making the cost of the lumber more expensive than Curly Soft Maple.

Curly Hard Maple Wood


Origin of Wood TypeThe U.S. and Canada
Botanical NameAcer Saccharum
Specific Gravity.71
Avg. Weight Per BF4.2 lbs
Color RangeSapwood is white and the heartwood is brown to grey
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor25%
Wood UsesWoodworking, Cabinetry, Trim, Flooring, and Musical Instruments
Lumber GradesFAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names Curly Hard Maple, Tiger Maple, or Curly Rock Maple