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They're not knots
Birdseye Maple
© Frank Ford, 1/1/99; Photos by FF

These little spots almost look like knots:

In fact, they're little pockets of curly grain. Of all the hardwoods, maple has more different patterns of
figure, and more descriptive terms for those patterns.

Look closely at those little "eyes"

They're almost like tiny blisters. I have no idea of what causes this distinctive "birdseye" pattern.

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