wood veneer

wood veneer

Artist: Warren Snow

If you have a penchant for truly distinct furniture, you have undoubtedly admired a number of standout pieces enhanced by the special art of marquetry, where beautiful patterns are cut from wood veneers and assembled upon a structure, such as a table, chest or writing desk.

When it comes to decorating furniture, marquetry is one of the most traditional and interesting techniques. The art form itself is similar to parquetry, where wood is placed in a geometric pattern that is often used for flooring. Marquetry, on the other hand, is the creation of a mosaic of wood veneers that differ in color and texture, used to create a simple or involved pattern upon the surface of a structure.

Wood Veneer Marquetry and its Applications

The compelling thing about marquetry is that it can be used to decorate all sorts of furniture items, including tabletops, chairs, cabinet doors, trunks, desks, wardrobes, and Continue Reading…

yacht veneer

Northern Marine Inc. Anacortes, WA

Fine wood veneer finishes have added unparalleled luxury and elegance to classy homes, hotels and restaurants for many years. Large cruise ships have used decorative veneers for years to convey a feeling of luxury and exclusivity. Take it a step further, to the marina where your yacht is moored, and discover how easily a touch of utter opulence can be added to its interior, including walls, cabinets and more.

A Dazzling Variety of Veneer Options for Your Yacht

One of the best things about using wood veneers for marine craft of any kind is the impressive selection of colours, patterns and beautiful natural grain. A reputable supplier of Continue Reading…

wood veneer

There are a number of species of ebony, including Ceylon ebony from southern India and Sri Lanka and Gaboon- African (Diospyros crassiflora) ebony, which is native to western Africa. Macassar ebony (Diospyros celebica) is from Indonesia and named for the port city of Makassar. It is especially prized for the beauty of its multi-colored grain, sometimes described as attractively mottled and ornately-streaked Coromandel ebony. Another common name for Macassar ebony is striped ebony.

More about Macassar Ebony Wood

wood veneerEbony veneer is highly decorative and its use has a long history; sawn veneer ebony pieces have even been found in Egyptian tombs. By the end of the 16th century, luxury fine cabinets were created from ebony in Belgium. The density and hardness of the wood worked well for piano and organ keys. Elegant ebony cabinets were soon being made in Continue Reading…

The specie, the size of the log, and the desired grain pattern are all considered when determining what kind of cut will be created to make a particular wood veneer. Here’s a great primer on how it’s done.

Various Cutting Methods for Wood Veneers

 1. Rotary Cut – This cut is produced by placing a rotating log against a stationary knife. Because the peeled cut follows the log’s annual growth rings, a bold, variegated grain pattern is created. Among all types of cutting methods, this creates the highest yield and is the most cost effective. This cut achieves great results with oak, maple, and birch. Burls of all types, highly figured species like Bubinga/Kevazingo and Birds Eye Maple are usually rotary cut.

wood veneers2. Plain Sliced – (Also known as Cathedral, Flat or Crown cut). Among wood veneer cuts, this is perhaps the most basic and commonly used. It is produced by mounting and advancing a half log against a Continue Reading…

wood veneersVeneers are thinly sliced pieces of wood used in countless ways, including the facing and decoration of walls, furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments and more. Wood veneer is coveted by artisans throughout the world. Veneers date back to the ancient Egyptians with furniture and sarcophagi examples found in their tombs. But how is it actually made? Let’s demystify the process of making wood veneer, to better understand and appreciate the true craftsmanship that goes into creating every piece.

Wood Veneer: From Log to Finished Product

1. Preparation – Logs are classified by species, and then inspected to ensure that only high quality wood is used to make veneer. Less than 3-5 % of hardwood logs that are harvested end up being veneer logs. They need to meet certain Continue Reading…

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