Burled wood forms naturally in nature when a tree forms bumps (or burls) on the outside of the trunk. When the wood is cut into planks, the burls create an interesting pattern in the grain and this is known as “burled wood”. Most of the burled wood we have is elm, walnut and mahogany but it can occur in other wood species too.
Book-matched grain veneer is created by splitting the tree trunk down the middle, opening it like a book and shaving off the two matching sides of the wood. This is obviously a very expensive process but produces a beautiful effect and adds richness and interest to the pattern of the grain.
Book-Matched Burled Walnut Chest of Drawers
France, circa 1860
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