Hard Maple, Sugar Maple
Sycamore (European), Maple (European), Swiss Pear, Alder, Sliced Birch
Eastern area of North America, from Newfoundland to the Gulf of Mexico. Exploited commercially mainly in the north of the USA. Apart from its use as wood also significant as the source of maple syrup. Special forms of Hard Maple are the Curly Maple, Quilted Maple, Fiddleback Maple and the Birdseye Maple.
Hard Maple is one of the most used furniture woods in the USA. Over the last two years Hard Maple has established itself in Europe as a furniture wood above all as a "substitute" for Pear, Alder or European Sycamore in unsteamed white or steamed pink color shades. Due to its resistance to Fiction it is also suitable as hard-wearing parquet in gymnasiums, etc. Turned into bobbins, loom shuttles and billiard cues.