Marquetry & Decorative Veneering

Wood veneer is a remarkable material that has been used for centuries. It is thin pieces of solid wood which are sliced from the best part of a log. It comes in a variety of colors and textures, can be purchased in sequential order and matched together architecturally, and can be used decoratively. The majority of the priceless furniture pieces made during the Renaissance are covered with veneer. In fact, working with veneer goes back centuries before the Renaissance. Egyptians imported cedar, cypress and ebony from Syria and Africa. These logs were cut into veneers to adorn the furniture of the Pharaohs. So the question is, if veneer was so highly regarded throughout antiquity, why did it get a bad name. Answer, in the 1960’s and 70’s large furniture manufacturers began making what they called “veneer furniture”. They used unstable substrates,  inferior glues, and poor production and assembly techniques. Much of the furniture fell apart in a short period of time. With modern substrates, scientifically advanced glues, and proper techniques veneered furniture will stay in your family for many generations.

One of the ways to use veneer decoratively is through the art of marquetry. Marquetry is created by piecing together contrasting materials and overlying the completed sheet on to another surface. The art of marquetry reached its peak in 17th and 18th century France. Marquetry allows personal expression through elaborate and innovative ideas. Throughout out history marquetry furniture was reserved for the craftsman’s most prestigious clients. Beautiful pieces of decoratively veneered furniture is now made affordable. Don has both the imagination to design and the technical ability to create wonderful works of art in your cabinetry and furniture pieces.