Maple, Flame - 1-1/4" x 6" x 22"
Maple Flame, also known as curly maple, tiger stripe or fiddleback, is named for the flame-like wavy pattern that is the result of the wood fiber’s distorted growth. These special pieces of wood are frequently used in the manufacture of musical instruments. Our spindles come from one of...
Maple Flame, also known as curly maple, tiger stripe or fiddleback, is named for the flame-like wavy pattern that is the result of the wood fiber’s distorted growth. These special pieces of wood are frequently used in the manufacture of musical instruments. Our spindles come from one of the leading suppliers of music grade wood to luthiers around the globe. These spindles, while excellent examples of figured maple, have a minor defect–either a discoloration or minor pin knot–that does not allow them to be graded instrument quality. The heartwood is typically a light tan to reddish brown color and the sapwood is usually cream colored with a reddish tint. Figured grain has a tendency to tear out. Tools must be kept very sharp. Reduced cutting angles can help. Flame maple is commonly used in custom furniture, musical instruments, cabinetry, kitchen utensils, turning projects and more.
Our billets come from one of the leading suppliers of music-grade wood to luthiers around the globe. These billets, while excellent examples of figured maple, have a minor defect – either a discoloration or minor pin knot – that does not allow them to be graded as instrument quality.
- Prized for its beautiful appearance
- Also referred to as Tiger Maple, Curly or Fiddleback Maple
- High figure curl
- Carves, turns, and finishes well
- Native to North America
- Thickness: 1-1/4"
- Width: 6"
- Length: 22"
- (1) Flame Maple Billet - 1-1/4" x 6" x 22"
- Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
- Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.
- Cut from quality, kiln-dried stock. The grain runs with the longest dimension.
- Thin Stock is sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Carving and Turning Blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Plywood sizes are nominal, the dimensions are +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Larger blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Smaller blocks are sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Spindle stock, or stock that is 1-1/2" - 2" wide is sawn to +/-1/8" of the listed size.
Not all usable, needs a lot of work
Per reviews on this site for other figured maple billets, the pictures for this product are misleading. The billets are not sawn square and some have live edge - at this price you are getting what you pay for. One end of the piece may be 6in, the other may be 10in. The description says there may be minor imperfections but these are not minor, they are major and mean that there is a relatively small amount that you can extract as a contiguous, straight edged piece compared to the overall size of the billet. There is plenty of good figured wood in it, but expect to be cutting this into smaller pieces and flattening all 6 sides. Don't expect to use it as a big solid piece or for sawing into wide planks. I can't really complain at this price, but Woodcraft should be more transparent with the advertising. Some example pictures of the raw wood would have helped.
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