Veneering is the best solution to man’s crusade for conservation by converting precious rare woods into veneers; dwindling stocks are preserved for longer durations.
Between 800 and 1000 sqm of veneer is produced from one cubic meter of lumber – no other king of wood working renders such a yield.
Hieroglyphic depictions of ancient Egypt (circa 3500 BC) are the earliest evidence of the practice of veneering. The high point in elegance, style and refinement, however, was reached in 5th century BC under the Greeks.
Marquetry (assembling veneers to from a picture or decorative pattern) and parquetry (assembly of veneers to form a geometric mosaic) are two distinctive art from – pieces of which dating back to 18th Century England can fetch well over five-figure prices (in dollars) at an auction today.
The natural aroma of some species of wood-cedar and camphor for example, can be used in practical applications like lining the interiors of clothes closets.
The natural luster – the ability of the wood cells to reflect light – is another intriguing feature that is skillfully exploited to enhance the visual delight of a veneer.