Hard maple usually has a straight tight grain, however it occasionally produces a figured or curly grain. Hard Maple is exceptionally hard and is resistant to most abrasions, indentations and shock. The Northern White Maple grown in our region has a creamy white sapwood and light reddish brown heart and may contain brown or black streaks. The typical color options for Hard Maple is natural or rustic. Because of the strength and durability of Hard Maple, it is our product of choice when we provide painted cabinets.