Why we love it:

Maple is so hard and resistant to shocks. Its diffuse evenly sized pores give the wood a fine texture and even grain. Burls, leaf figure, and birds-eye figures found in maple are used extensively for veneers.

How we use it:

Maple is used extensively for American colonial furniture, especially in medium and lower priced categories.

Where it’s found:

There are 115 species of maple. Only 5 commercially important species grow in the U.S. Two of the five are hard rock maple and sugar maple.