In addition to being a beautiful understory forest tree, bigleaf maple is also one of only four hardwoods in the Pacific Northwest which provides high quality lumber. Along with Oregon ash, red alder, and Oregon white oak, bigleaf maple is harvested for use in furniture and veneer. The best timber comes from partially open maple groves such as the one shown here. In pure groves like this, bigleaf maple is more likely to produce a smaller crowns, and a less gnarled stem. The wood may contain curly, or "bird's-eye" figures called burls which have high commercial value for furniture.

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