Our maple worktops in are available in 60mm stave widths. The stave size refers to the width of the smaller individual lengths of timber which make up the worktop. Our maple worktops are 40mm thick.
Maple is a wood of phenomenal hardness and exotic beauty. The grain varies like waves breaking on rocks, which creates some of the finest and most elegant figuring seen in wood. Black Maple is around thirty percent harder than Oak.
Simply the Best
As with all timbers, there are so many different sub-species with very different properties, for example sugar maple from the west coast of the USA – it looks similar but is much softer and quite unsuitable for a kitchen worktop – that one has be very careful when choosing a supplier. Our suppliers only ever use Glacial Maple, and the quality of the maple worktops we supply is simply the best.
Sanded Down to a Fine Finish
When Black Maple – ironically called Black Maple despite the light, almost white colour of the lumber when first felled, but in fact named so because of the deep purple colour of the leaves – is sanded down to a fine finish the top surface feels like it has been enameled. Light readily reflects from this surface whilst at the same time revealing the grain, making Maple an ideal work surface for a kitchen with limited natural light.
Phenomenal Hardness and Exotic Beauty
Maple is a wood of phenomenal hardness and exotic beauty. The grain varies like waves breaking on rocks, which creates some of the finest and most elegant figuring seen in wood. It is crucial for Maple – in this case Black Maple – to come from areas where there are incredibly hard winters. Our Maple is from the very northern States in America, for example Vermont (the home of Maple syrup), New Hampshire and Maine, or from Southern Canada. The sort of places where you would expect to have snow on the ground for five months straight.
Black Maple is around thirty percent harder than Oak. Which is a pretty good starting point for a kitchen worktop then. Like our Cherry, which is chosen specifically for its colour, the same is true of Maple worktops. We have tried hard to create a Maple worktop which is not too ‘white’ and not too brown either. The results are spectacular.
The Original Choice
Maple was always the original choice for butchers. Incredibly hardwearing, easy to maintain and a good contrasting colour to prepare meat on, little has changed. Except perhaps that maple is now seen for the beautifully subtle timber it is. With grain sometimes looking like crushed silk, we use it to great effect in kitchens where light can be an issue, or we want to balance out the colours of the units and walls. Harder even than White Oak, Glacial Maple is very pale, and once oiled reflects light wonderfully.
An alternative to an oiled finish is our extremely hard wearing, low maintenance nano-coating treatment.