Is Maple Wood A Good Wood?

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Wood is one of the natural materials that from the beginning of human life has played a great role in improving life conditions, as well as the establishment of many industries. As you know, wood is used in multiple functions such as decorative items, furniture, doors and windows and all wooden items. But the main point is to detect what kind of wood is the most suitable for our purpose. As the maple wood is one of the most widely used types of wood in the industry, in this article we will introduce you the uses of maple wood, the characteristics of this tree and its properties.

What are the benefits of a maple tree?

First of all, it is better to have a general acquaintance with the maple tree. Maple is a broad-leaved and deciduous tree, native to East Asia. The color of leaves is very diverse, which is why the maple tree is known as one of the most attractive trees for green space. But in addition to the beauty of this tree, we should know the advantages too.

Everything you need to know about maple wood

If you have ever seen a maple tree, you will notice that the trunk color is slightly different from other trees. The mindset of ordinary people is that tree wood should be dark brown, while maple wood is often creamy white. But it’s interesting that the color of maple tree can vary depending on the climate in which it grows. Right this difference in color and subsequently the thickness of wood has led to the usage of maple wood in a really wide range of products and industries.

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Different Types of Maple Wood

As mentioned, maple trees grow in different climates, and variety in wood color as well as thickness have expanded the function.  In this section, we will introduce its types and applications.

Mountain Maple

One of the most influential factors on the color of leaves and trunks in trees is the climatic conditions. For example, the trunk of the mountain maple is gray, but when it grows, the color will change to light brown. One of the prominent features of mountain maple wood is the small cracks which look like a sycamore tree on the body, and more interestingly, these cracks will turn black as the tree age increases. Imagine this color combination: light brown wood background and the dark brown cracks on it. Certainly, the beauty of this type of maple wood is favorable to be used in marquetry works (marquetry is the art of applying thin slices of wood and sometimes bark, usually thinner than 3 mm that typically are glued onto core panels to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures.

Field Maple

Another type of maple tree that is mostly found in Australia, North America and Turkey is field maple, which gives a lot of beauty to the green space. It is interesting to know that the color of wood in this type is white and its thickness is very high. That is why this type of maple tree wood is used to make musical instruments, furniture and even to make pergola, because this wood has a very high resistance.

Red maple

Another beautiful maple tree is called the Red Maple, which is named after the color of its leaves. This type grows mainly in northeastern regions of North America. Dissimilar to Field one(mentioned above), the red maple wood is very soft. Therefore, it is used for decorative purposes that require a very high degree of carving, the most important use of which is in furniture industry.

Norway Maple

The Norway maple tree is one of the most beautiful trees in Southwest Asia in terms of green space. During spring and summer, the color of the leaves is green, but in the beginning of autumn, the color of the leaves will change to orange or reddish. As the wood of this type of maple is very hard, so it is used to make parquet and furniture.

Sugar Maple

To mention one of the most attractive types among the maple trees, which has a very high variety of colors in the leaves, we should say the sugar maple. You should be a little careful when using the wood of this type of maple,  because it is very sensitive and will rot with a little moisture.

Black maple

 As the name of this species of maple indicates, the wood is black, which is why it is very attractive and is used in wood industry.

Paperbark Maple

This species is native to China and it would be interesting for you to know the reason why for naming it! When the maple bark reaches paper maturity, you will see the bark of the tree trunk flaking, which is as thick as paper sheets.

Striped maple

The naming of each maple tree is mainly based on their appearance. For example, if you see white vertical lines on the trunk, you should know that this type of maple tree is striped and is grown mainly in the eastern regions of North America. Of course, the background color of the bark is reddish brown, which will be seen at maturity.

Birdseye Maple

On the body of this type of maple there are circles, as small as a bird’s eye, which is why this type of tree is named  birdseye. The background color of this maple, mainly affected by the climate of the region, is reddish white or yellowish white. As the beauty of this wood has been doubled due to the presence of small knots, it is used as a cover for decorative wooden items such as furniture or tables.

Sycamore Maple

This type of maple is very similar to the sycamore tree, but one of its most important features that makes it special and important among other types, is high resistance to pollution and industrial affairs. For this reason, sycamore maple tree is used for furniture, wooden floors, molding and even for windbreaks.

Cappadocian Maple

Cappadocian maple tree is known as one of the fastest growing maple species. The color of the wood is creamy white and it is mainly used for wooden furniture in home decoration such as wall shelves and even wooden doors.

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Functions of Maple Wood

In this article, we tried to express the use of maple wood, separately based on the thickness and color of the tree bark. But in general terms, maple wood is used in furniture industry, marquetry, musical instruments, wooden objects in home decoration and also for building pergola. In addition, due to difference in thickness of maple typs, the suitable wood should be selected, based on the final purpose in different industries.

The quality of the chosen wood for furniture, interior decoration and exterior application, not only determines its durability, but is also very important from an aesthetic point of view.

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