> TRADE NAMES
Erable – France
Maple – Great Britain
> GROWTH AREA
It is easily found in the European temperate climatic areas, from the south of Sweden to Asia.
> TECHNOLOCICAL FEATURES
Sapwood and heartwood are very similar; the wood is white or white-yellowish. It becomes more yellow to the exposure of light and air. Into the aged wood, which is darker and thin, it is easy to discover the annual rings, while the thin strips or the bright streaks of the delle specchiature radiali appaiono evidenti nel taglio sul quarto. Per supplire alla sua poca resistenza, è bene impregnarlo con sostanze antisettiche. while the thin strips or panels of bright streaks appear radial clear cutting on the fourth. To supply its little resistance, is well impregnated with antiseptic substances.
> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
Seasoned on open air, it has a specific weight which change from 530 to 650 Kg/m3.
> DRYING METHOD
In order to avoid the risk of degrading through splitting or warping, the drying process must be carried out very slowly and must immediately start after the felling, in order to face problems with changes of colour.
> MAIN USES AND WORKING
It is easy to work: this wood can be polished, nailed, stained or varnished, giving a compact and lustre surface. Nei segati in cui è presente il controfilo è consigliabile predisporre durante la piallatura i ferri ad un angolo di taglio di 15°. It is generally used in carpentry and ebanisteria for the furniture construction, or to create decorative objects that show up its particular colour. This wood is Well-suited for sound-boxes of musical instruments.