Timber Veneer information service
UNDERSTANDING THE world of timber veneers can sometimes be a challenge for those outside the industry. There’s a multiplicity of species available, both local and imported, and many ways of laying them onto a substrate – book matched, slip matched, herringboned, to name a few.
Then there are more labour-intensive matching techniques, usually hand done, such as the sunburst, where veneers converge to a centre point, and four-way matching commonly used for joining burls.
These techniques are explained and illustrated in reference material published by the Timber Veneer Association of Australia (TVAA), such as the manual titled Veneer. Hard copies of Veneer are available on request free of charge, or it can be downloaded from the Association’s website at www.timberveneer.asn.au.
Another authoritative guide is the recently released 2nd edition of A Manual for Decorative Wood Veneering Technology. This manual incorporates the latest research results, including advice on dealing with potential discolouration of veneers exposed to UV light.
Written by Dr Barbara Ozarska, Leader of the Forest Products Research Group at the University of Melbourne, A Manual for Decorative Wood Veneering Technology deals with all the factors involved in the successful use of wood veneers.
If the answer can’t be found in a TVAA publication, or on a member company’s website, the TVAA provides an information service that can be accessed by email or phone.
Questions can be emailed to info@ timberveneer.asn.au, or phoned to 1300 303 982.