A heavy, dense wood, hickory displays vibrant grain patterns and wide color variation. Lighter stains make this natural variation the most evident, while darker stains tend to mute it. Also available in rustic hickory.
Maple has a fine, uniform grain pattern, and tends toward lighter colorations. Like all woods, maple will darken with age, but to a lesser degree than cherry. Maple takes on a subtle mottled appearance when finished in the darker stains.
A more intense version of Hickory. You can expect more intense color variation, streaks, knots and grain patterns. Extreme variation should be expected on different door fronts and drawer headers even on the same cabinet.