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Trees are a vital element in the life-support system of our planet. Unlike using solid timber for furniture, real wood veneers maximise the use of a single log.

The manufacture of real wood veneers is a highly specialised industry.

Modern veneer production typically involves using a veneer slicer or rotary cutter to produce leaves/sheets from one log. The practice of producing real wood veneers has been around for centuries. The earliest known examples of veneer use are from ancient Egypt. In the middle ages, veneer work became more widespread in Europe, particularly in Italy and Germany.

Cabinetmakers began to use veneer as a way to decorate their furniture and create intricate patterns and designs.

While some veneers are still produced by hand, the use of technology has made the process faster and more efficient, allowing for a wider range of wood species and patterns to be produced.

All our suppliers source real wood veneers from well-managed forests and are FSC-certified.

Fsc Certified

Veneer cutting and slicing methods

Between 800 and 1000 sqm of veneer are produced from one cubic meter of lumber. No other kind of woodworking renders such a yield. Different types of grain are revealed depending on the method of cutting / slicing and the section of the tree used. The pattern featured in real wood veneer is due to the way veneer leaves are sliced from the log of the tree.

Below are five of the most common examples of veneer cuts available.

Vc Crown Cut Veneer
Vc Crown Cut Veneer

1. Crown Cut Veneer - The half cut log is cut parallel to the centre of the log and at a tangent to the growth rings

Vc Half Round Cut Veneer

2. Half Round Cut Veneer - Similar to a rift cut, the blade runs across a half cut log

Vc Quater Cut Veneer

3. Quarter Cut Veneer - The log is cut into quarters and sliced perpendicular to the log rings

Vc Rif Cut Veneer

4. Rif Cut Veneer - The quarter cut log is cut across the log rings creating accentuated lines

Vc Rotary Cut Veneer

5. Rotary Cut Veneer - The blade cuts around the circumference of the log

How to Specify

Wood veneers being a natural product, we would suggest that an actual sample be viewed at the time of specification. To this end, we invite you to visit our showroom and select your own tree for the required application. We then work to your specifications and specialise in design, cutting, engineering and veneering over the solid edge.

You can both conserve wood and savour its sensual, living qualities by supporting the time-honoured tradition of veneering

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