Bird's Eye Maple in Ottawa, Canada

Bird's Eye Maple

Project Boards

4/4 Bird's Eye Maple Project Board
From $17.50

Dressed Lumber

Bird's eye maple dressed lumber
From $22.50
S4S Bird's Eye Maple
From $22.50

Mix Packs

4/4 O Canada! Project Board Mix Pack
From $54.45 $60.35
1/2" O Canada! Mix Pack (D4S)
From $64.50 $71.35
3/4" O Canada! Mix Pack (D4S)
From $64.50 $71.35


Bird's Eye Maple Thin
Roasted Bird's Eye Maple Thins
From $7.95

Pen Blanks

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Bird's Eye Maple Pen Blanks

Bird's Eye Maple

Not a distinct species of maple; considered a growth/grain anomaly. Although rare exceptions exist, birdseye maple is almost exclusively harvested from Acer saccharum


Good Value





Northeastern North America


Readily Available


As the name suggests, Bird's Eye Maple has varying numbers of tiny knots that are considered a growth anomaly. Other than the unique figure, the wood colour is identical to that of Hard Maple. It presents a beautiful amount of chatoyance that makes the surface dance when finished.


Like Hard Maple, Bird's Eye maple can be prone to tearout with dull tools. The figure only adds to the difficulty. A sharp plane, scraper or sanding are the best ways to surface this wood.


The majority of this figure will be found in veneer form and is prized by fine furniture and cabinet makers alike.

Additional Comments

The figure is reportedly caused by unfavourable growing conditions for the tree. The tree attempts to start numerous new buds to get more sunlight, but with poor growing conditions the new shoots are aborted, and afterward a number of tiny knots remain.

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