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MAPLE, MISC

Acer spp.


A NOTE ABOUT MAPLES IN THE USA



Acer spp. of the family Aceraceae. Various pictures of wood identified only as maple and which I am unable to put into any of the other maple categories and/or for which I don't have enough samples to warrant a page of their own.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting --- colors will vary under other lighting conditions


both sides of a sample plank of Japanese maple (aka diamond bark maple) / Acer rufinerve --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Japanese maple (aka diamond bark maple) / Acer rufinerve --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of vine maple / Acer circinatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of vine maple / Acer circinatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of vine maple; I note that the end grain update pic below shows significantly different characteristics from those in the other sample on this page of vine maple, so I'm a big dubious about the ID on this one. I further note that this sample does not exhibit the very slightly translucent surface quality that is on both the other samples of vine maple and on the spoon at the bottom of this page and this makes me even more dubious about the ID on this one.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above --- the color on these two pics is too gray


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of vine maple / Acer circinatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of vine maple / Acer circinatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Douglas maple / Acer glabrum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Douglas maple / Acer glabrum var douglasii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Douglas maple / Acer glabrum var douglasii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Florida maple / Acer barbatum


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Florida maple / Acer barbatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of striped maple / Acer pensylvanicum --- these two pics have just a hint of green that is not in the wood. This species is also called Pennsylvania maple and the specific epithet is also sometimes incorrectly spelled "pennsylvanicum".


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of striped maple / Acer pensylvanicum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This species is also called Pennsylvania maple and the specific epithet is also sometimes spelled pennsylvanicum.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above. The end grain closeup has a pink tint that the wood does not have.


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of striped maple / Acer pensylvanicum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This species is also called Pennsylvania maple and the specific epithet is also sometimes spelled pennsylvanicum.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of striped maple / Acer pensylvanicum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of striped maple / Acer pensylvanicum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Japanese maple / Acer palmatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Japanese maple / Acer palmatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. NOTE: this whole set of pics is too red/orange and will be redone


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of mountain maple / acer spicatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This piece has a heavy mineral stain which is fairly common for maple.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of mountain maple / acer spicatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of mountain maple / Acer spicatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of mountain maple / Acer spicatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of mountain maple / Acer spicatum --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This piece has a heavy mineral stain, which is fairly common for maple.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of amur maple / Acer ginnala (a synonym for Acer tataricum) --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This species is also known as Russian maple. The sample is edge-joined at the middle right where there is a bit of heartwood. The labeled side is raw but the 2nd side has been sanded to 240 grit and so does not have the very slight yellow patina that the labeled side has.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of amur maple / Acer tataricum var ginnala --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Asian maple / Acer caudatum var ukurunduense --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Asian maple / Acer caudatum var ukurunduense --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. This piece is fully quartersawn in the lower area and shows some nice ray flakes on the first face.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Norway maple / Acer platanoides --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


BOTH FACES OF THIS SAMPLE HAVE A LIGHT COAT OF CLEAR PASTE WAX
both sides of a sample plank of quartersawn Norway maple / Acer platanoides --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. Notice the very clear ray flakes, particularly throughout the 2nd face pic.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


all 4 faces of a piece of Norway maple from a dead branch off of a neighbor's tree. The lines on the 3rd face are cracks but those on the 1st and 2nd faces are spalting. I wasn't sure what this was and it was on the mystery wood page (#191) for a few days until Mark Peet identified it as Norway maple.


the end grain and a face grain closeup of the piece directly above


HIGH GRIT END GRAIN CLOSEUPS of the same end but one is with the piece inverted so as to have coverage of the whole thing.


both sides of a sample plank of spalted hedge maple / Acer campestrie --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above




both sides of a sample plank of spalted hedge maple / Acer campestrie --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Chinese striped maple / Acer davidii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Chinese striped maple / Acer davidii --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The figure is better in person than what shows up in the pic, partiallly due to some nice chatoyance.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of European field maple / Acer campestre --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


first face and the end grain of a sample of maple / Acer spp. This part of a collection which is discussed here: COLLECTION B


the second face, before and after slicing off 1/8" showing how the patina from aging is only surface deep.


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above.


maple, most likely hard (sugar) maple, that was recovered from the Platte River in northwestern Michigan after having been on the bottom for about 100 years. It was recovered by a correspondent who tells me that it is technically illegal to salvage logs from Michigan rivers because the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) prohibits anything from being taken from a waterway, especially a fishery. Notice the nice tight grain on this piece, as shown in the end grain pics below.


perfectly quartersawn side grain and side grain closeup of the salvaged piece directly above


end grain and end grain closeup of the salvaged piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample of maple / Acer spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This was sent to me for ID after it was discussed on the Wood Barter forum in this thread: wood barter thread

The consensus was that it is definitely some kind of maple and my own analysis suggests that based on the thickness of the rays, it's most likely canyon maple / Acer grandidentatum.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


a few pieces from a batch of flat cut maple planks that I bought because of the nice ray flakes along the edges as shown in the second pic. HUGE enlargements are present. I don't know what kind of maple this is for sure but the fingernail test says it's hard maple.


A set of pics showing various views of some pieces of wood tapped for maple sugar and showing the characteristic "ambrosia maple" type stain from the metal in the tap hole --- HUGE enlargements are present. The pics were contributed to the site by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions. Actually, now that I think about it, this is almost certainly sugar maple so these pics should be on the hard maple page. These pics were shot in daylight and have not been color corrected so the wood looks more white than the tan that it actually is. See the pics directly below for a couple of examples.


Mark loaned me a couple of the pieces in the big batch directly above this set so I could get my own pics. I took a couple of angled shots of the face grain to show the amazingly long rays in the first piece --- HUGE enlargements are present of all 4 pics. The tan color is correct, as opposed to the more white color in the daylight shots above. Note how the cleaned up end grain shows how perfectly quartersawn this piece is. It is not JUST perfectly quartersawn, however, it is also split exactly along a line following the rays which explains the fact that the rays run all the way across the face. Had the face been completely flattened, the rays would not have each run all the way across.


another tap-hole piece from Mark, first raw and then cleaned up a bit. The raw pics is an inverted view of the upper left in the cleaned up surface. The end grain shows nicely how various tap holes were near each other and caused numerous dark streaks, like ambrosia maple


small burl block


same small burl block as above but moistened with water, which clearly makes a substantial difference in the color and beauty of the piece


finished maple burl box-top shot at a craft store


burl veneer matched pairs


burl veneer matched pair with a monkey-face shown clearly


burl veneer sheet and closeup


maple cluster burl veneer sheets --- pics contributed by Danny Tjan, whom I thank for these and other contributions to the site.


"Patagonian" maple flooring sample donated by Dale Romain (thanks, Dale) --- I haven't yet attempted to find what this might be a synonym for, if anything. I think it might just mean "South American". I've rough sanded this piece and the scratches are still very visible but both the side grain and the end grain show up very nicely in the enlargements.



The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
striped maple (Acer pennsylvanicum, also listed as moose wood, striped dogwood and whistle wood) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views. Note that the specific epithet is now accepted only as pensylvanicum, not with two n's


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
vine maple (Acer circinatum) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for each of the 3 views

web pics:


end grain of a piece listed as maple / Acer campestre


planks listed as maple / Acer campestre


burls


bookmatched burl slabs



burl pieces shown both dry and wet


both sides of a burl section


cluster burl veneer


angel step cluster veneer


crotch


figured


listed as "tiger" maple, which is what some vendors call fiddleback or strong curl pieces


figured bookmatched


figured veneer


flat cut figured veneer


raisin veneer


crotch veneer


russian maple


listed as fiddleback golden maple


soft maple planks


soft maple veneer


sugar maple


tiger stripe veneer --- some vendors call fiddleback figure "tiger"


western maple burl veneer


western fiddleback veneer


fiddleback veneer


western maple veneer


curly white maple


quilted white maple


listed as "flamed" red heart plank


red heart planks


rotary cut American maple veneer


American maple veneer


burl veneer


bookmatched burl veneer all from the same vendor


bookmatched angel step veneer sheets


angel step veneer sheets


pomelle veneer


this was listed as "sonoma maple" burl but I cannot verify that "sonoma maple" is a common name for wood, so I assume that designation is a mistake


pacific coast maple


figured Oregon maple


soft maple burl


blistered western maple veneer


listed as "crown" maple




the maple in this little section was listed as "Eastern", a designation that I do not find in any reference works.


listed as quartersawn curly "Eastern rock" maple and looks to me to be red maple


listed as curly "Eastern" veneer




these are all from the BogusColorVendor. I seriously doubt that the actual wood has much or any of the red shown here. This is typical of the misrepresentation of this vendor.


figured maple


spalted piece with cluster burl


burl plank and a figured plank





Norway maple vase --- one side is figured and the other is spalted ... pretty neat.


Norway maple bowls turned and photographed by Tom Pleatman, whom I thank for these pics and other contributions to the site. Big enlargements are present.


both sides of a silver maple bowl


silver maple bowl --- the dark streaks/dots are stated to be resin canals; bowl turned by Wes Murphy


silver maple natural edge bowl


maple burl platter


maple burl bowls


maple burl bowl shot at a craft fair --- HUGE enlargements are present, showing the burl grain very clearly


maple burl guitar set


boomerang made from figured maple


cooking spoon made from vine maple by correspondent William Brooke in Beautiful Mt. Lehman, B.C. (I say that somewhat tongue in cheek because I have never been to B.C., but william says it is so and who am I to argue). William has provided me with considerable information on vine maple and I will post that when I get his sending of a direct sample of the wood, which he is drying right now. As he points out, the wood appears to have a slightly translucent quality at the transition point between early and late growth.