Maple is another common American wood. There are
several species, but I generally use Eastern Maple as it's harder
and more dense than the species native to the Northwestern United
Maple is light in color; almost white in most
cases. It is a nice wood to work with, nontoxic (though you
should avoid breathing the dust), and very hard and durable. Maple
will gradually assume a golden color as it ages.
Maple is one of the standard woods I use to make
miniSpinners. This one has some nice brown color, unlike most
maple which is fairly plain (though not unattractive).