Furniture woods........... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary

Bird's eye maple

A marking of small spots, supposed to resemble birds' eyes, often found in the wood of the sugar maple. Used and much prized from the earliest to present times.

Maple is of several qualities, the bird's-eye maple being most highly valued. It somewhat resembles satinwood, but is more buff than yellow, has more curl, and more " bird's-eye."

Maple is light and not very durable, and is used only in the cheaper kinds of furniture.


Photos below are not necessarily accurate to scale or color


Polished or treated with corcuma oil
Hofmobiliendepot Imperial Furniture Collection,Vienna, Austria. On display in 2005.


Sheraton chest of drawers - Dana Tillou Fine Arts

See also: laminated ..... veneered ..... inlay ..... marquetry



Photos and their arrangement 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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