Excellent Choice for Paneling and Trim

Hard Maple

Hard Maple is common to the hardwood forests of Canada and the eastern U.S.  It is quite tolerant of shade.  Due to fire suppression and lighter harvesting methods, its presence is growing at the expense of less shade tolerant species (especially the Oaks).  Minnesota Hard Maple, similar to Oak, is at the edge of the natural growing area, resulting in slow tight growth and ample character. 

MTM's Hard Maple is offered in White as well as natural White Brown color.  Both colors are punctuated with scattered mineral deposits, setting it apart from the bland color of the the traditional Hard Maple regions.  True to its name, Hard Maple is one of the densest woods, resulting in excellent flooring quality.  MTM's Rustic grade of Hard Maple is one of our most popular woods for Paneling.  Its color variation, depth, and pronounced character have to be seen to be believed.  The depth and strength of our Prefinish makes the Paneling of this species nearly indestructible.  Great for nearly all the products MTM produces.   Of course we also provide Hard Maple in Select and Premium grades.

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Grades of Wood


Elegant selection with consistent grain, minimal small knots, and overall smooth character.  Excellent choice for a more refined look.


Varying amounts of excellent tight characteristics including medium size knots, streaks, bark pockets, and grain variation.  This grade is excellent for a higher character look than Select, but not entirely Rustic either.


This exciting grade provides the highest degree of character, with a wide range of knot sizes, streaks, a few holes and torn knots, and occasional heavy bark deposits.  Rustic grade can appear a bit "loose" when unfinished, but with Prefinish applied the character holds together beautifully and really pops.  This grade continues to grow in popularity, even in high end applications.

MTM is able to mix the grades in any combination to give you the exact look you are after.  Some species (such as Elm) are limited in quantity and are only offered as a full mix of grades.  A few species are unavailable in Select grade due to the natural characteristics of the tree (Tamarack).