Corbels & Brackets, Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Hard Maple Corbels?

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Corbels manufactured in hard maple wood offer a variety of advantages.  Hard maple, being naturally light in color and clear grained, can tone down even the most exuberant and ornate pieces and therefore contributes as a wonderful balance to the embellishment of maple corbels. 

Maple Corbels

It is one of the most popular choices from among our decorative wood brackets and corbels options.  Maple is associated with contemporary design which translates to very clean styling in maple corbels choses from simple designs such as the Athens Mission corbel.  Corbels and brackets can serve a multitude of purposes.  The first that comes to mind is the use of maple corbels to support shelving. 

Equally as common these days is the use of corbels or brackets or island height corbels to support overhanging ledges such as those found on breakfast bars or kitchen islands.   There is also a very tall version of corbel that is useful as a full sized support or leg for islands.  A maple corbel used in this area and stained in a natural finish would create a light feeling in spite of the mass of wood presented.  The same is true when using these tall corbels for supports beneath stove hoods.  A maple corbel in this location will tend to blend rather than leap out.

Maple corbels may also be successfully used in creating pieces for areas other than the kitchen where classic corbels are needed.  One may create an interesting entrance console or unique mantelpiece utilizing maple corbels.   An arrangement of any of our Mission styled maple corbels below the ledge of a simple mantelpiece surround will immediately crate and Arts & Crafts effect.  Similarly, a pair of our more ornate, carved maple corbels used under a mantel ledge can add a note of elegance to an otherwise plain piece.  Maple corbels may also be used to create attractive wall mounted shelving.  You may also add a single ledge to one of our corbels and create a striking wall bracket suitable for displaying a valuable piece of porcelain.  These wall brackets are particularly attractive as pairs.  We offer two types of maple.  Our soft maple may be used as a paint grade wood.  Our hard maple lends itself to stained work.  Either type will provide a finely finished surface.

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