There are four species of maple used in making wooden articles: the hard or
sugar maple, red, soft or silver, and Oregon maples.
Hard maple is the most abundant and useful variety. It is of moderate weight,
strong and hard, and has good wearing qualities. It is employed wherever strength
and resistance are required, as in the case of chopping bowls, rolling pins,
bread boards, carpet-sweepers, clothes-pins, pails, meat boards, etc.
Soft maple is lighter in weight, not so strong, stiff, or hard. It has an
attractive grain, and is used for broom handles, butter bowls, ironing boards,