This is a type of maple that was planted by early settlers in the prairie lands of the United States as a shade tree. The tree is used for maple syrup production, and the plain wood is sometimes used for making crates or furniture. The most sought after pieces have nice pink/reddish lines and sometimes a little blue grey spalting. (The Spalted /Red stock can be found under Box Elder Flame.) This stock is taken from the “plain wood”. As you can see the grain structure is anything but plain and it makes some of the most gorgeous dice we have available.