Maple

white nuckle maple wood natural finish

Maple ranges in color from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The grain is generally straight, and has a fine, even texture. It is usually referred to as Sugar Maple. Its wood is stronger, stiffer, harder, and denser than all of the other species of Maple commercially available in lumber form. Maple grain will not split with continued use and makes a great, durable bat!

Birch

white nuckle birch wood natural finish

Birch tends to be a light reddish brown, or nearly white when milled from the sapwood. The grain is generally straight or slightly wavy, with a fine, even texture and low, natural luster. Birch has more density than ash, but is less dense than maple. It looks and feels like maple, but acts like ash, with the exception of not fraying.

Ash

white nuckle ash wood natural finish

Ash is typically a light brown color, though darker shades can also be seen. The grain is almost always straight and regular, though sometimes moderately curly or figured. Ash has fairly good strength properties for its weight, and is also shock resistant but has a softer “feel” than maple because of air pockets within the grain, which some players actually prefer.

Flame Treated Ash

white nuckle flame treated ash natural finish

Flame treated ash is cut from the same billet and performs the same as our ash wood described above, but when flame-treated the prominent grain characteristics are highlighted, creating a unique look while hardening the exterior surface. Only the barrel is treated with a high-heat flame as shown.