This Wood is very appreciated by luthiers for an important reason: it mixes perfectly quality and beauty.
The figures that are created naturally in this wood imitating eye forms are the result of a possible genetical illness of the tree, which origin is yet unknown. Its quality belongs to the Maple’s family, but it has to be taken into account that the particular structure of its grain makes it less stable than other Maples.
BOTANICAL NAME: Acer saccharum Marsh
COMMERCIAL NAMES:Birdseye Maple, Arce Ojo de Perdiz
ORIGIN: North America.
DESCRIPTION: 630-700 kg/m3 density light wood. The wood colour is white with a bit of a red in the sapwood and the duramen has a pale red brown. Fibre is straight, but it occasionally can be showed as wavy. The grain is thin. This variety is really common, the wood has rounded shape draws, like eyes figures. There are different theories about its motive and might be possible to be a default of the wood growth. The result is a very beauty and requested pattern.
SUGGESTIONS: Hard to saw, the machining has problems and is a difficult to sand wood. It presents good ability to bend when steamed. Finishing and Gluing present no problems.
DRYING: It’s an easy to dry wood, but it has some risk of collapse and cracks.
USES: Mainly used for sounding boards and Electric Guitar/Bass bodies.