wood veneer

marquetry wood veenersBelieve it or not, wood inlay as a craft dates back to the Pharaohs! In its earlier form, buildings or ruins of buildings were elaborately depicted in wood, tortoise shell and mother-of-pearl. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the art thrived in Holland and other parts of Europe and a distinction was made between inlay and marquetry, which together were known as intarsia.

Marquetry Artists Assemble Patterns Out of Wood Veneers

The technique of intarsia inlays sections of wood (sometimes with contrasting ivory, bone or mother-of-pearl) within the solid stone matrix of floors and walls or of table tops and other furniture. By contrast, marquetry assembles a pattern out of wood veneers glued upon the skeleton or framework of a structure. You’ve probably enjoyed examples of marquetry as part of luxurious clubhouse decoration, for example, or in libraries, museums, old Victorian houses, or even palaces. It is different from parquetry, or the art of creating geometric patterns using wood parquet for flooring.

Marquetry techniques can be used to affix a chosen design to chairs, tables, and almost any furniture with a smooth surface.marquetry art Wood veneers come in an endless array of fine and often exotic woods, including mahogany, sycamore, ash, alder, beech… even bamboo. Imagine striking decorative panels or cabinetry for nautical or aircraft interiors, coaches and RVs, or even Continue Reading…

Proper care is needed to preserve and maintain the beautiful finished look of wood veneer, but don’t be intimidated. It’s simpler than you might think.

Care and Cleaning of Wood Veneer

wood veneer maintenanceDon’t take it personally, but wood veneer and solid wood furniture have three natural enemies: moisture, sunlight and you. Various finishes require different cleaning techniques and you should always follow the manufacturer’s wood veneer maintenance recommendations. Here are some general tips on cleaning and caring for your veneers:

  • When it comes to caring for your veneered surfaces, simple is best. To remove light dust, debris and residue from wood veneers, dampen a microfiber or cotton cloth and wring it out well to remove excess water. Use the barely damp cloth to wipe the veneer following the direction of the wood grain. Use a dry microfiber or cotton cloth to wipe dry.
  • When necessary, use a mix of water and a tiny amount of a mild product, such as Murphy Oil Soap.
  • Many popular furniture polishes contain wax, silicone, and ammonia and should be avoided. Continue Reading…

Wood Veneer in an Aircraft InteriorIt’s widely known that wood veneer is used to enhance many different items and features, from furniture and fixed cabinetry to fine original crafts and even musical instruments. But did you know that the eye-catching appeal and versatility of wood veneer also makes it ideal for use in the décor of high-end aircraft?

Think about it. Obviously, aircraft are designed to fly and do so more efficiently without additional unnecessary weight. Utilizing wood veneer for aircraft interiors is not only great weight-wise but terrific on the esthetic front.

Wood Veneer: Choices for the Choosy

Wood veneer comes in an astounding array of rich tones, both subtle and bold, as well as a variety of stunning patterns and grains such as burls or long-woods that can be arranged in various patterns like book matches or all the way to a spectacular star-burst. It is also possible Continue Reading…

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