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Essex Wood Veneer Company on the Craft of Veneer Matching
Real wood veneers are an ecologically friendly and eye-catching way to use natural timbers. Essex wood veneer company Read Veneers has been looking into the craft of veneer matching, something which makes all the difference to the finished product.
By: Read Veneers Ltd
Paul Read has run Read Veneers for almost 25 years. He explains that the next step in crafting the beautiful, flowing effect that veneers are so well known for is called veneer matching. "This is the method by which veneer leaves are placed together as they are applied to a substrate, and there are numerous matching methods."
"Book matching for example involves taking adjacent veneer leaves and turning them over, just like in the pages of a book. The joints of the veneers form a mirror image. The symmetry creates a striking effect, but good finishing techniques are important because book matched veneered surfaces will often reflect the light and may show up flaws.
"In slip matching on the other hand, adjacent veneer leaves are slipped side. The same sides are faced up and the figure repeats. However, the grain does not always meet where the leaves join. This gives a slanting effect which can prove very eye-catching. Slip matched decorative wood veneers deliver a consistent colour as the faces reflect the light in a uniform way.
"In random matching, the veneer woodworking expert randomly selects leaves from one or more logs. They will purposely use opposing characteristics and colours to produce a mismatched effect which is highly desirable in high end bespoke interior design."
Paul Read goes on to explain how architectural wood veneering follows a plan and is usually used when there is a set of wall panels, cabinets or doors, such as in a kitchen or hotel room. "The veneers will follow a planned sequence and will be produced according to the architect's blueprint," he says. "This method guarantees consistency and smooth flow throughout an entire room."
"Certain species of timber really do lend themselves to being formed into round, oval or octagon shaped veneered panels. These tend to be the figured species which display burls and birds' eye features. In sunburst matching, successive leaves of veneer are trimmed into round pieces and then book matched with their points meeting in the centre. Ideal for large tables, this is a truly stunning and very creative way of matching decorative wood veneers."
And then there is diamond wood veneer matching. "This method takes four quadrants of straight grained veneer and fits them together to form a diamond shape," says Paul.
Read Veneers have expertise in all methods of natural wood veneering matching. Anyone seeking something smooth and consistent, or striking and extraordinary or looking for guidance in achieving a particular style, or already have a set of plans that need to be followed, is invited to visit http://www.readveneersltd.co.uk/