Trade names: Quilted Maple, Clam Maple
Country of origin: West coast of the USA
Occurrence: This is „Big Leaf Maple“, the maple species with the largest leaves. The tree grows on the west coast of the USA from southern British Columbia to southern California. It occurs up to altitudes of 1,500m. The form of the „quilt“, which is sought by single trunk, is exceptionally rare, especially when it comes to veneer qualities. Where the formation of the conchoidal character comes from has not been investigated, so so far one relies only on conjecture.
Uses: Since Quilted Maple is one of the most expensive woods around, its use is limited to the highest quality interior finishes. An exception is the automotive industry, where short lengths can also be used for the production of dashboards. However, even here a significant premium must be paid for the selection of Quilted Maple. In the country of origin itself, the wood is used for the production of art objects.
Character: Due to the muscular character of the almost white wood, a strong three-dimensional effect is achieved after surface treatment, which is extremely decorative.
Special features: The veneer of the cloud maple is very popular for particularly valuable electric guitars and basses.