Expanding Natures Colors with Aniline Dyed Veneers

wood veneerThese days, wood veneer products offer more choice than you can… shake a stick (or tree branch!) at. They are attractive, unique, versatile, easy to work with and cost-efficient.

When selecting wood veneer, it’s no longer just deciding what sort of grain and general patterning you prefer. The range of color possibilities are astounding.

Some of the Benefits of Dyed Veneers

In addition to being able to choose from the literally hundreds of colors and various patterns that invite endless design possibilities, there are other great reasons to consider dyed wood veneer.

  • Uniformity of color – The exact color of your choice will be consistently maintained for the perfect matching of veneer throughout your project. This is especially helpful on large commercial jobs.
  • Economy – Dyed wood veneer eliminates the need for labor intensive staining and color matching.
  • Natural Beauty – Contrary to popular belief, the dyeing of wood veneer doesn’t mask wood’s natural beauty. In fact, it serves to highlight it, particularly with figured or burly woods such as English sycamore,  birds eye maple or anegre.
  • Easier to repair – Since perfectly dyed wood veneers contain color throughout their whole thickness, they can be sanded or touched up much more successfully than surface-stained woods. To fill a small hole (like a missing birds eye) sand an unused portion of the dyed veneers and mix the “coloured sanding dust” with glue to fill the void.

How is Wood Veneer Dyed?

wood veneerOnce the logs are sliced in the usual way, the individual leaves of natural veneers are placed on a nylon mesh net. These are stacked or rolled depending on the type of vats that are used. This insures even distribution of the bleach and the aniline dye. These are then placed in the stainless steel vats. First the veneer is  bleached to remove most of the wood’s natural color variations and imperfections. An advantage of bleaching is an improved yield, as fewer leaves need to be rejected due to inconsistencies in color.

Next step is infusing the veneers with the aniline dye. The process of dyeing ensures predictable and reliably consistent color from batch to batch, by using a color spectrophotometer. After the dying process the single sheets of veneer are removed from the mesh and put through a regular veneer dryer, after which they are assembled back into their original bundles.

The dyes used bring out the handsome and one-of-a-kind characteristics of wood grain in a surprising and beautiful way.

For larger projects custom colors can be specified.

No Matter How You Slice It, Dyed Wood Veneers are Sensational

wood veneerExpertly dyed natural wood veneers ensure consistency and depth of color, maintaining and magnifying the special qualities of wood grain that aren’t always as apparent after standard staining. When dye infiltrates a veneer’s entire thickness, it can be sanded without degrading the overall color quality.

Light, dark or in between, subtle or vibrant, no matter what shade and depth of color you select, you know that good quality wood veneer will always bring its own special warmth and elegance to any space.


Sabrina Parisette-HerzogSabrina Parisette-Herzog is a 5th generation wood veneer specialist. Owner and President of Herzog Veneers, Inc., and a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, she and her husband Sam started the company in High Point, NC in 1982.
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