Whilst the majority of our work involves the use of real wood veneers, we do have a call for man-made veneers including engineered and constructional veneers, as well as environmentally responsible alternatives such as ALPI veneers.
In all cases there remains a vast array of variety when it comes to finishes, so there is no need to compromise on choice.
Sometimes there are situations where man-made veneers lend themselves to particular requirements. It’s something we’ll advise on, and we can make recommendations once we have a full understanding of the project.
Man-made veneers can be beneficial over natural wood veneer panels in some respects, including consistency of pattern and colour. They are crafted by gluing real wood veneers together in layers, then pressing them between a male and female jig. This process forms a solid block which is then cut in slices to produce the veneers. The process can be repeated over and over so as to create individual effects and patterns of a unique and decorative nature.
Engineered veneers bring together non-tropical raw materials with modern manufacturing methods. The process leads to high quality veneers that are environmentally friendly.
ALPI is an Italian range of veneers. These are thinly sliced architectural wood veneers that are made from fast growing trees in agricultural plantations and sustainable forests. Using thinly sliced wood from quick growing trees not only makes the cycle of production of ALPI veneers a fast and efficient one, it also guarantees a consistent colour, grain and finish too.
In veneer woodworking, a range of cutting techniques are used, each of which results in unique aesthetics that can be used in a variety of applications, in both commercial and domestic settings. It is quite amazing to see how different veneer cuts influence the overall look and appeal of the various timber species.Read More
ALPI is a range of engineered veneers from Italy. Made from fast growing trees in agricultural plantations and sustainable forests, these veneers can be considered an eco-sustainable alternative to natural wood veneers. And there are other benefits.Read More
We have long championed the benefits of wood veneer, and its natural beauty, but would you be interested to learn precisely how wood veneer is made? Let’s explore this very interesting process, step by step.Read More
Natural wood veneers are formed by slicing thin layers of real timber. But there is an alternative, and that is the engineered veneer. Here we look at what goes into making man made veneers, how they differ from natural wood veneers, and what you can expect in terms of versatility and functionality.Read More