Birds Eye Maple

Bird’s eye maple is a type of wood that is highly prized for its unique grain pattern, which resembles tiny, swirling “eyes” or dots. It is typically used for decorative purposes, such as veneering or inlays, and is commonly found in antique furniture.

Bird’s eye maple is not actually a separate species of maple tree, but rather a phenomenon that occurs in some trees of several different species of maple, including hard maple, sugar maple, and red maple. The cause of the distinctive grain pattern is still not fully understood, but it is thought to be the result of genetic mutations or stresses on the tree during growth.

In antique furniture, the veneer was often used for decorative elements such as drawer fronts, table tops, and chair backs. It was particularly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when ornate, highly decorative furniture was in fashion. Some of the most famous furniture makers of the time, such as Duncan Phyfe and John Henry Belter, were known for their use of bird’s eye maple.

Today, antique furniture with bird’s eye maple is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. The distinctive grain pattern of the wood adds to the beauty and uniqueness of the piece, and can also increase its value.


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