IWI’s exceptional, in-house veneering techniques and matching capabilities are among the most respected and sought-after in architectural design. We partner with architects, designers and construction managers to make even the most ambitious designs possible.
“Veneer” refers to thin slices of wood that are glued onto particle board or another substrate at right angles to produce smooth, consistent decorative panels for cabinets, doors, wall paneling, and other casework and millwork applications. Only the best, most unique logs are cut into veneer. The appearance of grain and figure in the wood comes from slicing through the growth rings of the log at different, interesting angles. Each slice produces a distinct pattern, and each wood species has its own unique grain, color and texture.
The veneering process is not a recent development. The craft dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who first mastered the technique and art of veneering and matching. Throughout the ages, the industry has perfected veneering and shaped it into the craft it is today: economical, environmentally friendly, beautiful and stable architectural wood design.
Veneer is cut very thin, normally thinner than 1/16 inch; this is not only an economic decision — it allows for near-unlimited design possibilities. Because the wood is cut so thin, veneers can be arranged and matched according to the designer’s requested specifications. Veneers are glued with a durable, waterproof adhesive to plywood and composite substrates, producing a stable panel not prone to warping, splitting or seasonal swelling.
When your project calls for intricate, expansive, precise veneers, our team of experienced veneering craftsmen can make it a reality. We provide precision color and grain matching according to the project specifications, creating any aesthetic the architect or designer desires. All of our veneering is done entirely in-house, allowing us to closely oversee every step of the matching, design and finishing processes, ensuring the consistency and beauty of the final product.