wood veneers

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.

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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…

wood veneersOne of the strongest hardwoods in North America is hickory (from the genus Carya), [means nut in Greek], which is why this wood is used successfully for numerous applications, from kitchen cabinets and tool handles to drumsticks and hardwearing veneers.

When selecting a veneer, it’s hard to keep track of all the wood species available, along with their particular qualities. What makes hickory veneer different from other wood veneers?

What is Hickory Wood Like?

wood veneersAs with most kinds of wood, there are different types of hickory. Some can be found in Asia and Mexico, but predominantly this species grows in North America. The characteristics of hickory wood vary a fair bit. Of all hickory species, the fastest and largest growing is pecan. The growth rings in this wood are subdued and tight, due to the generally slow growth rate of northern trees, particular in comparison with most tropical species. Hickory has lighter sapwood and a creamy to pinkish brown heartwood. Normally 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…

natural wood veneerWood veneers are attractive and rightfully popular materials used for the interiors of homes, offices and other business establishments, aircrafts and more, as well as the enhancement of everything from furniture pieces to musical instruments. But did you know that they are generally classified into two distinct kinds: natural wood veneer and engineered wood veneer?

Natural Wood Veneer

Natural veneer is a unique material sliced from logs that is influenced by an individual tree’s reaction to its soil composition, geographic location and other growing conditions throughout the duration of its growth. The intrinsic patterns and markings in natural veneers aren’t altered or enhanced in any way, making each natural veneer from a tree an individual work of art.

Engineered Wood Veneer

Engineered Wood veneers are also known as reconstituted, recomposed, man-made or manufactured veneers.

As its name implies, however, engineered wood veneer is a re-manufactured product processed to achieve a pre-designed appearance. Find out more about Continue Reading…

wood veneersVeneer book matching is the most frequently used method for matching wood veneer. It is accomplished by turning every other veneer leaf over, and arranging it such that the grain opens at the spine, similar to the pages in a book. This gives a mirrored effect in every adjacent leaf, thus the name “book matching.”

To make this even clearer, picture this: book matched is called that because the veneers are opened from the flitch (a longitudinal cut from the trunk of a tree), much like the pages of a book; this creates a symmetrical pattern and a series of pairs with maximum grain continuity. Half heart bundles or crotches can be split in the middle and booked over for a perfect-mirrored cathedral match. Other veneers with a wilder grain pattern can create bigger dramatic pictures with all sorts of interesting designs. A fun way to test the final picture is to hold a mirror at the “spine or cut” line and move it around to simulate a Continue Reading…

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