Maple - Manufacturing

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Maple trees belong to the genus Acer, and are comprised of around 128 species. Although most of these species are found in Asia, there are also a number of varieties to be found in North America, Europe, and northern Africa. Most  trees grow to about 30 – 150 feet in height and are perhaps best known for the wide range of colors their leaves exhibit during Autumn.

Maple trees are most prized for their wood and syrup. It is graded based on both physical characteristics and overall appearance. Grading scales range from various types of common, to clear, and select. The larger varieties have particularly valuable timber—perhaps the most well-known the North American variety known as Sugar Maple. This type of the material is more commonly known as Hard Maple and is the material of choice for bowling alley lanes, cutting boards, pool cues, and baseball bats. Other less prevalent types are sought after for fine woodworking and construction uses.

In addition to being sought after for the uses above, it is also one of the best types of wood when it comes to carrying a tone. As such, it is considered a tonewood and used in numerous musical instruments. For example, electric guitar necks are commonly produced from this material as well as the majority of violins, violas, and cellos. Most mid- to high-range drum kits are also made from Maple as it is favored for the bright sound which it creates.

Fun Fact: The word Maple was first published in Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale on line 2,065 and was spelled as “mapul”.

Whatever your Maple manufacturing needs may be, Source International can assist you from initial Product Development to First Production to In-process Quality Control to Shipping. Contact us today to find out how we can help you save time and money while increasing overall efficiency and product quality.

Maple - Sourcing


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August 1, 2016