Tiger and Curly Maple are terms used to describe the figure present in Maple. There are two main types of Maple that have the figure, Curly Hard Maple and Curly Soft Maple. The term Tiger Maple is most often given to Curly Soft Maple because the curly stripe in it resembles the stripe of a tiger.
The term Tiger Maple is also given to a Curly Maple with exceptional or heavier than the normal figure. Curly or Tiger Maple is highly prized for all forms of woodworking and can be purchased in 4/4 through 12/4 stock. Tiger Maple is also heavily used in the musical instrument industry.