For wood workers, maple is one of the most beautiful woods for making furniture, flooring, woodwork, and musical instruments. It has beautiful grains in varied patterns.
There is one problem with maple wood, however. It is very hard, and does not take stain very well. In fact, in many cases, stain when applied tends to soak into some spots and resist others, resulting in a mottled or spotty look that is not at all what the woodworker intended.