Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
the smaller they are the more perfectly the wood has to be quarter sawn to see them developed in the sawn surface. For this reason we rarely see them in maple, cherry, poplar because commercial lumber is rarely sawed to yield a perfect quartered face(see my article on sawing in the Articles Section of WC). The exception would be when sawing cants with a ganged saw. However, this kind of sawing is done on low grade logs and we don't usually buy 1 and 2 common lumber grades.