European Maple: a mighty, sturdy tree with a delicate texture

Botanical guides list at least 200 species of maple trees, which grow primarily in Europe, Asia, and North America. Despite such biodiversity, only a few of these species are of widespread use and economic importance.

The principal source of maplewood for Ukraine is European Maple or Norway Maple. It’s a hardwood with remarkable texture: creamy, silky, with a delicate tree ring pattern.

Delav company supplies lumber from European Maple grown on Chernozem — ideal conditions for the species.

Maple lumber specifications

Maple’s sapwood is the with the lightest wood and delicate texture. Its color can change from milky white to pink. But under UV exposure, the wood turns yellow over time. Therefore, it requires additional protection with coatings capable of stopping such radiation.

The annual layers are thin and bright, the difference between the sapwood and the kernel is almost unnoticeable, and the grain is fine and dense. All this together gives the wood texture exceptional silkiness and natural shine.

The density of European Maple wood can reach 690 kg/m³, but generally, it’s 630-650 kg/m³. Medium-density, pleasantly heavy, and quite firm. The level of abrasion resistance and wear is not inferior to oak or ash. But, unlike them, it is practically not prone to deformation under the influence of temperature or moisture. Maple is unstable to biological factors of impact — if the storage conditions are not complied with, it quickly rots, becomes moldy, and turns blue.

That is why Delav operates a significant number of reliable and state-of-the-art warehouses that provide the best storage for even large quantities of lumber.

We closely monitor the storage conditions for maple lumber — sawn timber, edge-glued panels, veneers, etc.

The use of maple lumber wholesale

Maple applied much less often than oak, beech, or ash. But in reality, it is suitable for broad-spectrum production, for instance, furniture — tables, chairs, wardrobes, sideboards, pedestals, etc.

Thanks to light wood, all the furniture looks exceptionally cozy and neat and therefore is equally suitable for both classic and country interiors. Stable maple wood fits kitchens and bathrooms very much, as it does not react to humidity and temperature changes.

Maple lumber suits modern trends the best. I.e., production of not only bathroom countertops but also sinks in a one-piece waterproof coating.

Since the maplewood hardness is practically not inferior to oak or ash, it’s applied excellent parquet, parquet, or massive floorboard. Such a coating is resistant to wear and tear, does not squeeze under the pressure of heels or furniture legs.

Maple makes a good veneer for finishing less decorative and valuable species. In the 50s of the last century, furniture finished with light maple veneer was a real trend.

The Americans traditionally use a maple board for the floors of bowling clubs, and they also make skittles from it. Maple wood has a surprisingly homogeneous structure and remarkably spreads sound waves. Therefore, from ancient times to the present time, the walls of musical instruments have been made from it. In addition to all of the above, it’s applied for wood carving and gun lodge making.

Why Chernozem is the best conditions for European Maple

European Maple has a superficial root system. The quality of its wood and growth rates directly depends on how fertile and loose the top layers of the soil are.

And according to these properties, Chernozem has no competitors. Due to the high content of humus, it remains loose, allowing the roots to breathe and get enough nutrients, especially without going deeper.

Chernozem-grown trees are known for their pure texture and fewer knots. And in general, trees have a higher quality than those obtained from plantations in other regions. Delav company European Maple is grown on Chernozem that guarantees the high quality and stability of lumber.

Chernozem Soil Texture

We bet you didn’t know that about European Maple

The ancient technology of making flax fiber implied a special comb for combing out — with thin, high teeth. And small in size to match the dimensions of the hand spinning wheels of those times.

And only maplewood made it possible to create such a filigree product: to make the comb strong and at the same time manually cut about 200 teeth on it.

Therefore, until the beginning of the last century, such combs were made only of maple, and attempts to use another tree ended in fragile and short-lived accessories.

19th Century Maple Flax Comb