White Oak inlay doors

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Bit of rushed job so had to get my hands dirty myself this morning, quite pleased with my efforts. The customer wants the centre panel to look ‘routered’ in, so the surrounding grain all runs vertically. Its a bit more fiddly and very wasteful as the whole of the centre part of the straight-grain layon is sacrificed however the effect is very nice. Hopefully this will get approved ...

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Gold, Silver and Bronze Burr samples have arrived!

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The first samples in our new ranges of Gold, Silver and Bronze veneers have arrived and they look amazing! Grey has been the new black for way too long and black was rubbish anyway. Let’s have some more brightness, a touch of glamour, can I even go as far as to use the word ‘bling’ in the context of veneer. Grey is the colour of Brussels, of British winters, of boring conformity. Gold, Silver and Bronze is the colour of success and of ...

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Straight-grain Walnut prices through the roof

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As predicted here, in this very blog, prices have gone from crazy to mental. We would serious warn anyone pricing any straight-grained Walnut jobs at the moment and if you have prices in with people waiting for a response start hoping you don’t get them. Top quality logs are now in the same price bracket as walnut burr, hen’s teeth and rocking-horse poo. We even discovered a new grade this week from one supplier, ‘air-craft’ grade. The clue is in ...

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Harbeth – Hi-fi Loudspeakers in Figured Silvered Eucalyptus

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To celebrate 40 years in business Harbeth Speakers have decided to produce something a bit special. Not that all of their speakers aren’t special enough, just that these one’s, along with using their state of the art acoustic technology are clad in Figured Silvered Eucalyptus.

As soon as I saw my first ever log of this veneer I knew it was an absolute winner and the first log I ever bought was ...

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Straight-grain veneer – Is it Rift or Quarter-cut?

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A question that is unlikely to keep many of you awake at night, but one that we get asked regularly enough to feel that it’s worth answering.

The definitive answer is in short, it could be either, neither or we don’t really know (or possibly care).

Dealing with the ‘neither’ first. A lot of straight-grained material is produced when logs are flat or plain-cut. This for many species remains the most common form of slicing, especially when the features of ‘crown’ featured veneer (created by cutting across ...

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Macassar Ebony, or is it?

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So having invested heavily in a new parcel of Ebony the big question is, what type of Ebony is it? Well we believe it to be what is commonly termed Amara Ebony, as opposed to being what some call ‘true’ Macassar Ebony. True Macassar is becoming very difficult to source and the overall quality and width of logs is simply not good enough to be used in the applications that can afford to spend the sort of money these logs now demand. Amara Ebony ...

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Robert Horsay Awuah-Antwi retires

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I have been asked by one or two of our many followers on social media (well one), what was going on in this photo which heads up our Facebook page and, more to the point, who is the resplendent mature gentleman pictured centre-stage?

The ‘team-shot’ was taken on our last working day of 2016 and the gentleman in question (the difficult to spot one in the gold embroidered suit with the red-shirt and matching tie) is Robert Horsay Awuah-Antwi. This was ...

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Vintage Oak – The star of the show

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How things change. Even just a few years ago no veneer mill in their right mind would have ever deliberately tried to produce veneer that looks like this. However opinions and trends change and these beautiful logs, full of cracks, water-stain, worm holes and medullary ray have real character and provide a refreshing alternative to the bland wall-paper of straight-grain Oak and Walnut that we have endured for far too long. Continue Reading →

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