A real jack of all trades:
Bonn. When you hear the word "veneer" for the first time, it's hard to believe what this noble natural material from the best of the forest can do. However, before it can reach its peak in the form of a wide variety of products, the right tree for its production must first be found and processed.
Veneer is sustainable diversity from the forest
There are around 40,000 species of wood on earth, but only a good 140 species are suitable for veneer production. Of these 140 species, only individual trees in each case are so beautiful on the inside that veneer can be made from them. "A good veneer tree has an even growth and the trunk must be as round and straight as possible. In addition, the bark should be even, if possible without or with only a few accentuating branches and without damage, for example, from lightning, hail or insect infestation," explains Axel Groh, a forester and chairman of the Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN). Once the right tree has been found, it is transported to the veneer manufacturer's plant. There, further processing is scheduled: The tree trunk is sustainably cut layer by layer using various methods to create attractive veneer, which is then further processed into individual and attractive products.
Veneer can be used in so many different ways
With the thinnest solid wood in the world, used pure or elaborately printed, countless beautiful products can be made. The best known is the area of interior design: chairs, tables, cabinets, beds, lamps, bathtubs, washbasins, all these can be produced or refined with the best of the tree. It continues with windows, doors, room walls, ceilings and floors. But even in the case of personal items, there are now a number of chic products made from this ecologically sustainable and modern material. These include handbags, wheeled suitcases, mouse pads, bank cards, hotel and business cards, placemats, packaging materials, cups, plates and also high-fashion eyewear. "In addition, there are arrow-fast kiteboards for water sports enthusiasts, downhill skis for the cold season or even longboards for the particularly cool way of getting around," says Ursula Geismann, a long-time home expert and IFN managing director, and goes on to explain, "Veneer finds another varied field of activity in musical instruments. Artists from all areas - from classical to pop - enjoy veneered and melodious stringed and plucked instruments, refined patterned drums, basses and electric guitars or noble pianos and concert grand pianos as much as the traveling public in the hall or at the big open-air festival." IFN/DS
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Image 1: Veneer provides an individual room look. Photo: IFN/J. Dias, Portugal
Image 2: Noble veneered guitar body. Photo: IFN/Furnierwerk Wehmeyer
Photo 3: These veneer lamps spread warm light. Photo: IFN/Gofurnit
Picture 4: A perfect veneer tree. Photo: IFN
September 27, 2023