Grain: Maple has a wide variety of grain from straight to the exotic like tiger maple, birds-eye, fiddleback and a range of twisted and curly.
Figure: All kinds of wild patterns can be found from the grain. Straight grained Maple has very little figure. The color of the heartwood is a cream to light reddish-brown. The sapwood is mostly white with a tint of pink.
Texture: Very uniform and moderately fine.
Properties: A tough strong wood. Cuts nice and clean and has excellent machining qualities. Maple tends to burn if blades are not sharp. It will take a smooth polished surface. Carves sharp and clean with a knife, but a little hard to work with hand tools.
Uses: Masting, spars, deck and hull planking, hull timbering and carving.