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In previous blogs, we’ve looked at Cherry, Elm and Hickory woods as examples of common woods used in furniture craftsmanship. Each wood has a distinct composition and style. Cherry has a dense texture and varies in color, Elm has a smooth, interlocking grain and Hickory often utilizes rustic, natural bark accents. In this blog, our focus is the Legacy of Maple Wood and the Hudson Bed.
A diverse, practical wood, Maple is used for bowling pins and the official MLB baseball bats. Noted for its hard, close grains, Maple is categorized by craftsmen into categories of “hard” and “soft” Maple. While “hard” Maple composes bowling pins and baseball bats, “soft” Maple (also called “Brown Maple” by furniture craftsmen) is used for furniture construction. Maple wood is also noted for its wonderful acoustic properties, making it a wonderful choice for hollow-bodied or resonant musical instruments such as drum shells and guitars.