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What's the Difference


New member
Mar 9, 2003
I'm wondering what the difference in actual look of a maple cap when comparing Eastern Maple to Western Maple.

My thoughts would be that since the Eastern Maple grows in a colder climate the growth rings would be smaller thus not as thick stripe or flame. With Western growing in a warmer climate you would have thicker growth rings thus a much more active top thicker stripes, flame etc. I know that there are preferences towards the Eastern for tone.