Hard Maple (Acer saccharin) also called Sugar Maple or Rock Maple. Unlike most other hardwoods the sapwood is commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color is nearly white, to an off white cream color, sometimes a reddish or golden hue, heartwood tends to be a darker brown. Birdseye Maple, Curly Maple and Quilted Maple are most commonly found in Hard Maple and sought after for high quality cabinetry. Has a fine, uniform texture, small pores do not require filling, non-durable, susceptible to decay. Easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though slightly more difficult than Soft Maple due to its higher density. Hard Maple has a tendency to burn when machined, turns, glues, and finishes well, no characteristic odor associated with this wood. Stronger, harder, and denser than all of the other species of Maple, Hard Maple is the most desiderable especially the Birdseye, Curly and Quilted. Commonly used for flooring, kitchen cabinets, furniture, veneer, musical instruments, cutting boards, butcher blocks, workbenches and gun stocks.