Wood Veneers: Emerging Species

When an architect or designer approaches a project that will incorporate wood, a vast array of decisions must be made. What lighting and colors are involved, or what textures are required for the project are but a few of the questions that require a constantly evolving wood veneer selection. At the very center of this selection are the tree species and production processes used to create wood products demanded by the market.

Veneer species

High-end plywood veneers open the design space to progressing styles and creativity. In the wood products business, styles tend to start in Europe, travel to Canada and eventually impact the US market. However, some wood species are always in demand, regardless of their region of origin. For instance, Maple remains popular because it is light in color and can be stained as needed. The unique texture and complex color variation of walnut veneer continued its popularity over the last two years.

In 2017, trends indicate gray and silver European white oak and ash with rough cut textures becoming more popular. Additionally, customers have indicated that emerging trends like smoked or fumed veneers from eucalyptus, European beech, elm and quarter sliced flakey white oak have a bright future.

Regardless of the species used for veneer, Timber Products Company relies on certification of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wherever possible. The FSC and companies like Timber Products recognize the importance and efficiency of combining market forces and sustainability.

What species are you most looking forward to utilizing?

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