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European Maple

It is prized for figured specimens, particularly "curly" or "flamed" wood exhibiting the tight even curls of "fiddleback" figure, as well as "birds-eye" and "quilted" or "blister" figure. (Curly figure is most prominent on quartersawn surfaces, while "birds-eye" and quilted show best on flat-sawn faces.) European Maple is between Rock Maple and Bigleaf in hardness, and is fine and even-textured. Its appeal lies in its ease of working and in its lustrous, creamy whiteness.