Curly maple, also known as flame maple, fiddle back or tiger stripe, is one of the world’s most-admired hardwoods. It displays a feature of maple in which the growth of the wood fibers is distorted in an undulating pattern, producing wavy lines known as "flames". Mistakenly, this effect is often said to be part of the grain of the wood. It is more accurately named the “figure”, as the distortion is perpendicular to the direction of the grain. Valued for its beautiful appearance, it is used frequently in the manufacturing of musical instruments, such as violins, and fine furniture.