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Fall is a good time to pay homage to domestic maples, a group of some 10 species of Acer Acer
trees of the family Aceraceae.
ingestion of wilted or dries leaves of this tree causes acute hemolytic anemia characterized by red urine, jaundice, anemia and methemoglobinemia in horses. that provide a palette of gorgeous red, yellow and-orange leaves against the autumn sky. Maple trees, the domestics here and in Canada, most often are divided into two commercial groups--hard and soft maples.
Red maple red maple
see acerrubrum. , also known as Acer rubrum, belongs to the "soft" maple category, although all maples are hardwoods. Other commercially significant species included in the soft maple category are Acer saccharinum (silver maple), Acer negundo, (Manitoba maple) and Acer macrophyllum (Oregon maple, Pacific maple and big leaf maple).
Rhode Island's state tree, red maple likely earned its name because the tree displays the red color most of the year, from its red buds in winter to the red flowers in spring, red twigs in summer and its deep red fall foliage.
Red maple is considered one of the most important timbers of the soft maple group, although hard maples hard maple
See sugar maple. Like rock maple and black maple display a greater range of figures and edge out red maple for texture. Although it often displays a plain grain, red maple can sometimes yield an attractive curl figure.
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His father was a Great Lakes marine engineer. , owner of Sandy Pond Hardwoods Inc., Quarryville, PA, said curl has become a generic term, usually signifying a "linear wave figure, generally perpendicular to the direction of the grain.
"It goes marching across the face, and the curl will vary from species to species," he said, "looking different in red leaf maple [compared to] its relative big leaf maple. The curl in red leaf maple is usually 1/2-inch to 5/8-inch in diameter and also is known as tiger or tiger-stripe maple."
Kirby added that figures are more rare in red maple than in the hard maples. "If you looked at 4 million board feet of red maple, curl would be a small percentage of figured wood. A smaller fraction would be quitted and an even smatter fraction would be bird's-eye maple bird's-eye maple
A form of wood, chiefly of the sugar maple, that is patterned with small rounded figures and is especially popular for making musical instruments.
Noun 1. , which is the rarest of rare figures in red maple."
Veneers--A Fritz Kohl Handbook, describes curl in maple as a "special form of growth occurring in only 2 to 5 percent of all maple logs," including hard and soft maples.
While both hard and soft maples glue and bend well, "Hard takes a stain more uniformly than soft maple," Kirby said. "Depending on the geographic area the lumber is from, red maple sapwood sapwood, relatively thin, youngest, outer part of the woody stem of a tree, the part that conducts water and dissolved materials. In the cross section of a tree, the sapwood is recognizable by its texture and color; it is softer and lighter than the inner heartwood. can be brighter than hard maple's, which is usually a creamier color. Both hard and soft maples machine well, although hard maple tends to hold an edge and profile a little better," he said.
Another marked difference between hard and soft maples is the color of the heartwood heartwood, the central, woody core of a tree, no longer serving for the conduction of water and dissolved minerals; heartwood is usually denser and darker in color than the outer sapwood. , Kirby added. "Hard maple's heartwood is a cappuccino cap·puc·ci·no
n. pl. cap·puc·ci·nos
Espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream.
[Italian, brown, while red maple's heartwood is more of an olive gray/green. Fifteen years ago, soft maple would be more of a hard sale, but today there is more of a following for 'character' grades," he said.
Variety of Uses
While early colonists chose red maple for furniture making, more recent uses for red maple include flooring, furniture, cabinetry cab·i·net·ry
Cabinetwork: finely detailed cabinetry.
Noun 1. cabinetry - the craft of making furniture (especially furniture of high quality)
cabinetwork , interior joinery joinery, craft of assembling exposed woodwork in the interiors of buildings. Where carpentry refers to the rougher, simpler, and primarily structural elements of wood assembling, joinery has to do with difficult surfaces and curvatures, such as those of spiral , sporting goods Noun 1. sporting goods - sports equipment sold as a commodity
commodity, trade good, good - articles of commerce
sports equipment - equipment needed to participate in a particular sport and paneling. The wood is also ideal for shoe lasts, musical instruments, piano parts and turnery, with limited use in architectural woodworking and decorative veneers.
Kirby said he thinks that the recent increase in popularity of hard maple, particularly in cabinetry, has had a beneficial effect on sales of soft maple, especially as prices of hard maple have risen.
Myles Gilmer of Gilmer Wood Co., Portland, OR, said he has sold some red maple, although most of the soft maple is western big leaf. However, he added, red maple with a curly figure would be of interest to his customers.
"Hard maple is by far more popular for high-end uses," Gilmer said. "There is a considerable difference between hard and soft maple species, although you do see them mixed occasionally.
"Soft maple is used in kitchen cabinetry and furniture," Gilmer said, "and in small specialty applications like guitar tops. [However] I prefer hard maple for its machinability and overall looks," he added.
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