Veneers produced from ‘cooked’ wood
Quality is the culmination of exacting process
The timber industry has some practices that might that seem strange to outsiders, but perhaps none is stranger than the ‘cooking’ of timber flitches before they are sliced into veneers.
There are good reasons for this step in veneer production, which can last from one day to one week depending on the species of timber.
Some species such as sycamore and white beech are not cooked because of the need to maintain a light or white colouring. However, most veneers are sliced from cooked flitches because it gives the wood the necessary suppleness to ensure smooth slicing and thus perfect veneer quality.
The final colour of the veneer is influenced by the cooking time. For example, the colour of white beech is changed by cooking to an attractive pink or salmon-coloured hue.
Sometimes there are contaminants in the flitch such as grains of sand, or metal from an ingrown nail. Contaminants chip the cutting edge of the knife on the slicing machine, leaving scratch marks in the veneer. The production team must
Wood veneers combine with other natural materials.
Technical Representative, Timber Veneer Association of Australia