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#1 posted 08-08-2013 03:59 PM

I’ve sawn up thousands of board feet of “big leaf” maple, known to be a soft version; heartwood definitely colored anywhere from gold to nut brown as sawn, tends to turn all gold (varied colors) when drying. The sapwood will color too, but not as much. Really depends on how long it sits for, I like to get it coloring/spalting before I cut it. Heartwood will tend to split along the centers of the cut (pith), sapwood tends to split along the outer edge and down into the tree. Never heard it called “brown maple”, but it does make sense.

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