Trade name: Bird’s eye maple
Country of origin: Northern North America
Occurrence: Special form of hard maple (sugar maple) in which „pin branches“ (bird’s eyes) form around the trunk as a result of proliferation of „dormant buds“ that grow in. There are several theories about the origin of bird’s eyes, none of which has been definitively proven to date:
– Parasitic fungi causing disruption of the cambium,
– growth on barren and rocky ground or under stress conditions,
– genetic causes.
Uses: High-quality interior finishing, high-end mass-produced furniture.
Character: Often slight color change within a log from yellowish white on the outside to reddish in the core of the log, as well as black spots and brownish „sugar spots“. Logs over 2.70m long are rarely found due to the small dimensions.
Special features: The mysterious light/shadow contrasts of these „bird’s eyes“ make for a fascinating picture. The light white to whitish-yellowish color, changing to a pale golden brown towards the interior of the trunk, combined with the lively structure conveys a luxurious ambience.