Tiger stripe is a feature of maple in which the growth of the wood fibers is distorted in an undulating clairvoyant pattern, producing wavy lines known as "flames." This effect is called "figure," as the distortion is perpendicular to the grain direction. Prized for its beautiful appearance, it is used frequently in the manufacturing of musical instruments, such as violins and bassoons, and fine furniture.
The brass head has a slight bell shape to optimize the striking action when impacting a chisel or gouge handle. They are made from the highest quality materials in a foundry in Vermont.