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We produce Hard Maple lumber in standard thicknesses from 4/4,
5/4, 6/4, 7/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4, and 16/4. Packages are sorted
according to National Hardwood Lumber Association rules as F&B
or FAS&FAS1F (Face and better) grade, #1 common grade, #2
common grade, and #3 common grade. Narrow selects and short selects
are available in 4/4 and 5/4. Sapwood and heartwood color sorts may
also be available.
Hard Maple grows in the Great Lakes region, northern Appalachia,
New England, and Eastern Canada, sometimes in pure stands but often
in combination with other hardwoods, especially Northern White Ash
or Black Cherry or Yellow Birch. Quality varies over this range.
Our Hard Maple comes from preferred areas within about 100 miles
(62 km) of our manufacturing facilities. The predominant hardwood
in our local forests in New York, the species is rated by
NatureServe as secure in its conservation status.
Hard Maple is one of the hardest and most dense hardwoods. It
has high resistance to abrasion and wear. It is prized for fine
furniture, cabinets, stairs, mouldings, coffins and flooring. It is
used to make basketball courts, bowling alleys, bowling pins,
rolling pins and other turnings, skateboard decks, baseball bats,
cutting blocks, a variety of musical instruments and cues and
shifts of every sort. It machines well, glues satisfactorily and
can be stained or polished to a fantastic finish.