The amazing appearance of Birdseye Maple appears due to a supposed defect or illness of the tree. Its surface is covered by a sort of rounded shapes very pleasing which are very similar to eyes, what make this wood an exotic one.
Physically, this wood is dense and stiff, while acoustically, provides of a brilliant sound. For all these reasons, Birdseye Maple Backs are pieces very demanded and treasured by luthiers.
BOTANIC NAME: Acer saccharum marsh.
COMMON NAMES: Birdseye maple.
ORIGIN: North America.
DESCRIPTION: Density 630-700 kg/m3. Cream white to reddish brown colour. Figured with many small swirls resulting in circular eyes separate from each other - dubbed birds eye figure. It is not known what causes de phenomenon. The wood may be extremely valuable.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Sawing and machinery are difficult. It is hard to plane. Suitable for steam bending. Easy gluing and finishing.
DRYING: It is a wood that dries very fast. Hardly any defects on the drying process.
USES: Electric guitar bodies and bass guitar bodies. Guitar backs and sides.