Tiger Heart

Tiger Heart Maple Wood and Tiger Heart Maple Lumber is classified as a Domestic wood and also referred to as, flamed maple, curly maple, ripple maple, fiddle back or tiger stripe maple. The pattern of Tiger Maple is created by the growth of the wood fibers which gives it its distorted undulating chatoyant pattern, producing wavy lines known as "flames". This pattern is called "figure", since the distortion of the pattern is perpendicular to the grain direction. The term “heart” just means that the maple lumber also has the unique color most often found in the heartwood of the maple tree. Tiger heart maple will have the great figure found in curly or tiger maple but it will also have color instead of the traditional white maple color found in the sapwood of the tree. Tiger maple is highly prized for its beautiful appearance, and it is used for making musical instruments, such as violins and bassoons, and fine furniture. Tiger Maple has a Janka hardness rating of: 1450.



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