Manufacturer uses an Eastern Maple, defined by its subtle and elegant grain pattern. It is an exceptionally hard wood specie with closed pores. These characteristics make it less receptive to stain than many other species. It is common for this specie to exhibit a mottled or blotchy look when stained with mid to darker tone stains. Maple’s general coloration ranges from a yellowish-white to a light tan shade. Mineral streaks are common in Maple and turn darker when stained. The size and frequency of mineral streaks will vary and Manufacturer will allow streaks that are equal to or less less than 1/8“ wide and 2” long. Maple is generally responsive to light and its overall color will change (usually towards a light yellow shade) over time.