Ambrosia Maple is a byproduct of the soft maple tree that grows mainly in the central part of the Eastern United states. At McMillan's Furniture, We use this lumber exclusively due to the terrific grain pattern and streaking that is created by the Ambrosia Beetle. The beetle lives in the tree and over years bores a network of tunnels and small galleries called cradles. Ultimately the beetle creates streak like fungi discolorations and small pinholes in the wood. This look gives our furniture designs a very unique and a rustic elegant look. Be assured that the kiln drying process that our lumber goes through totally eliminates the beetle and any forms of mold and fungi.
Each piece of furniture that we create involves a lot of layout time so that the final product has an appealing flow to it, and as a customer once said makes "the piece sings to you".
Although we may build several pieces of furniture with the same design, each piece is relatively a one of a kind due to the final look that is achieved using this special lumber.
The lighter the stain the more the character will show up. This is the reason we prefer to use only our three stain colors - light, medium and dark walnut. Although we do our best to portray the appearance of this wood and stain on our web site, there is nothing like seeing and feeling our furniture in person. We will send out stain samples upon request to help you in your selection.
The photos accompanying this description were taken to show the amount of character we strive to achieve in each piece. We can achieve a bit more or less of this unique character depending upon customer preference. What we strive for is just enough to give the piece a unique and tasteful look without overdoing it. If you observe the photos of our furniture on our web site, you will get a good feel for the look we try to achieve.
We guarantee you that each and every piece of furniture that we create is a work of art and sure to impress you and your friends and be a great addition to your home.
Please click on the photos to see larger versions and get a really close look at some beautiful examples of Ambrosia Maple.