Hard Maple is a light colored wood with heavy density and is known for its ability to withstand abuse. Hard Maple takes light stains well and looks terrific with darker glazed combinations. Medium to dark stains with no glaze will tend to exhibit ‘ticking’, best described as dark flecks or patches where the dark stain penetrated the wood more heavily than it may have elsewhere on the door. While this is not unappealing, it can be more uneven in appearance and bears consideration when placing an order. Hard Maple may also exhibit some mineral streak (light to dark brown streaks running with the grain) up to about 3/8″ and possible pin knots (knots up to about 1/8″). These are naturally occurring in Hard Maple and are not considered defects.