Birdseye Maple Veneer

Birds Eye Maple Veneer

A decorative feature common in Maple, and to a lesser extent a few other species.

The Birdseye figure is due to small conical depressions in the outer annual rings of the Maple tree, so that the latter growth follows the same contour probably for many years.

This distortion of the fibre alignments appears on rotary cut and plain cut veneer as a series of small concentric circles like a bird's eye.

There are several doubtful explanations for the cause of the grain disturbance. Embryo bugs, birds in search of sap, insects and fungi retarding growth in small localised areas are all claimed by different authorities to be the cause.

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