Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
fiddleback maple

Keith Tompkins
>I cut up a large maple this week....the entire tree is highly figured. I noticed even the small branches are figured. Out of curiosity, I checked the twigs; they are also highly figured.

Many experts claim the reason for this effect is still unknown. Stress. wind conditions, etc, are believed to play a role.

Looking at this tree gave me a new theory....I think it's just genetic; just like some people have curly hair, some straight. I think this tree just has curly grain instead of straight.

Any thoughts on this idea?

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