A curly maple bowl. Maple sometimes yields iridescent patterns in the grain, and may be called curly, quilted, or figured maple. It's relatively rare, but can be found across the country and is much more expensive than maple without the figuring. The type of figure might show up best in quarter sawn wood or flat sawn wood, depending on the type of figure it is. This bowl is small, a little over 5" diameter and 2 3/8" high. The streaks of irridescence travel across the grain, primarily on one side.