Tim­ber Ve­neer in­for­ma­tion ser­vice

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATION - By Peter Llewellyn Tech­ni­cal Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tim­ber Ve­neer As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia (TVAA)

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.

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