Maple is particularly rich in species and is prevalent in Europe, Canada and America. This valuable broadleaved wood is characterised by the ease with which it is processed and its high resistance to wear and tear.

The effect of maple

Maple is known as a bright and cheery wood. It is used to bring harmony in the home and for reconciling differences – for example, between the male and female residents. The wood was also thought to have a special protective function. Using the shoots of maple, people would try to stave off moles from the fields and use chocks of maple on the doorsteps to keep away witches and lightning. The wood from the maple tree also stands for peace and serenity.

The appearance of maple

Depending on the type, the appearance of maple can vary. It ranges in colour form very light, almost white, to a light brown and even a light reddish-grey tone. Canadian maple is a yellowish-brown and distinctly darker and harder than European maple.

The structure of maple is consistent and characterised by its fine pores. The grain of the European maple is somewhat more understated than that of the Canadian maple. A sought-after rarity is the so-called Curly Maple (also known as Flame Maple and Tiger Maple), which has an unusual grain pattern.

Using Maple

The light and fine-pored maple is suitable for flat surfaces such as parquet flooring and stairs, panelling, furniture fronts and tabletops.

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