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Maple Birds Eye Pen Blank 5-Piece

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Bird's-eye maple (Acer saccharum) is so named because the figure resembles small bird's eyes. Bird's-eye figure is a phenomenon that occurs within several kinds of wood, most notably in hard maple. The figure is reportedly caused by unfavorable growing conditions for the tree. The sugar maple attempts to start numerous new buds to get more sunlight, but with poor growing conditions the new shoots are aborted, and afterward a number of tiny knots remain. Bird's-eye maple is frequently sold in veneer form, but solid lumber is available as well. Being tiny knots, the bird's-eye figure is most noticeable and pronounced on flatsawn pieces of lumber. It turns well on a lathe, allowing it to be shaped into decorative canes, bottle stoppers and pens. It is used in refined specialty products, such as in automobile trim, both in solid form and veneer, boxes and bowls for jewelry, thin veneer, humidors, furniture inlays, handles, guitars, and pool cues. When working with bird's-eye wood, it is advisable to use sharp tools so as to prevent grain tear-out. USA.

  • Distinctive "eye" pattern
  • Finishes well
  • 3/4" x 3/4" x 5"
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    Few "eyes"

    By  Mike

    from Vallejo, CA

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    Comments about Maple Birds Eye Pen Blank 5-Piece :

    I have always wanted to turn some Birds Eye Maple pens, as I have been impressed with the ones I've seen others turn. However, this 5-pack of blanks had very few "eyes." Out of the five blanks there were only two that had a handfull of "eyes," the others hand none. I have email the tech people about this and am looking forward to their response. I haven't turned any of the blanks yet as I will probably return them. I did ask the techs if the eyes show up once their turned.

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