Oak, maple and timber veneers have been quite popular the world over for decades. The demand for these veneers has been on the rise of late. In particular, the demand continues to soar for various kinds of rare wooden veneers – especially burl veneers. For many veneer suppliers, burl veneers often represent the holy grail of fine wooden veneers.
Where Do Burl Veneers Come From?
People often use different veneer panels for improving the look and feel of various areas and spaces in their homes. However, veneers come in an assortment of styles and offer different features. In the case of burl veneers, the beauty and uniqueness of these veneers make them immensely valuable. These veneers come from the rounded, knotty growths found on trees.
Burls denote nature’s way of looking after trees growing under some kind of stress such as fungal developments on the tree, infestations in the tree etc. In many cases, burls will form beneath the ground, where they will remain attached to the roots. Maple, olive, ash and walnut trees often develop burls, which enhances their look and value significantly.
What Do Burls Usually Look Like?
It can be worth highlighting that no two burls look identical. However, they will commonly feature intricate markings and patterns that exude a very different look from that exuded by the rest of the tree. The erratic growth of the grain could make the burl bear a close semblance to an explosion on the tree.
Because no two burl veneers look identical, this rarity contributes to their soaring levels of popularity. Using them in the interiors of a house can dramatically alter the look and feel of the space. Not surprisingly, many fire rated board suppliers stock an enviable range of burls in their facilities.
How Do Timber Veneer Suppliers Produce Veneers from Burls?
Timber veneer workers often find it hard to harvest the burls. The twisted and interlocking grain of the wood negate the use of any hand tools. To harvest smaller burls, workers typically rely on saws and axes. Similarly, to harvest the bigger burls, workers often use chainsaws.
Once the workers have completed harvesting the burls, they will assemble the logs and remove the bark mechanically. Following this, they cut the logs in halves or quarters. In some cases, these suppliers of veneer panels will even mark the pieces to keep them together.
At this point, they will submerge the veneers in warm water and steam them for several hours, before slicing them thinly. Then, they will attach the veneers to plywood or particleboard with a good adhesive. Lastly, they will cut the panels into smaller pieces, sand them and finish them. This results in veneers with remarkably smooth and flawless finishes.
At Processed Forest Products, we produce quality veneered panels on particleboard, plywood and MDF. We stock only the best natural and reconstituted veneers, such as burl veneers.
In addition, we manufacture lay-ons by ourselves to produce quality products at all times. Our keen attention to quality and details makes us Australia’s top provider of timber veneers. Click here to view our timber products.