|Curly Maple Furniture - Antique Reproduction|
family business for nearly forty years, D.R. Dimes offers the widest
selection of museum
quality curly maple furniture, including tables, cupboards, beds,
chests and clocks.
With literally hundreds of pieces to choose from, D.R.Dimes is the leading
maker of antique, 18th century reproduction curly maple furniture in the
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curly maple furniture made today yourself, use
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Curly maple, also know as tiger maple, is a figured wood. That is to say the grain of the wood grows in a distinctive wavy pattern. It is not clear what causes this rare defect but when curly maple is sawed across that grain an iridescent striping, or flame, is revealed in the face of the plank. Wwhen curly maple is split along the grain the growth pattern is exposed. The size, intensity and consistency of the curl throughout the board determines the grade or quality.
While this curl is in the grain of the wood and not in the finish, finishing technique is critical to the look of curly maple furniture. As with 18th century curly maple furniture, we scrape our furniture by hand to accentuate the figure. Tiger that is only sanded will appear flat and lifeless. A finish is then applied that simulates the desirable warm patina of colonial period curly maple furniture.
The use of curly maple in furniture reached its peak in Colonial America
during the 18th century. Used in most of the important furniture making
centers during the period, figured maple was
most prevalently applied in New England. Strongly figured
curly maple in an otherwise run of the mill piece of antique
such as a Windsor
chair, usually adds many times to its value. Other
native species were used to make wonderful and important furniture but
collectors overwhelmingly prefer curly maple.