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.

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Characteristics

Origin of Wood Type The U.S. and Canada
Botanical Name Acer Saccharum
Specific Gravity .71
Avg. Weight Per BF 4.2 lbs
Color Range Sapwood is white and the heartwood is brown to grey
Rarity / Availability Common
Typical Avg. Width 5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length 8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor 25%
Wood Uses Woodworking, Cabinetry, Trim, Flooring, and Musical Instruments
Lumber Grades FAS through 2 common
Other Trade Names Curly Hard Maple, Tiger Maple, or Curly Rock Maple

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