50 year old veneers
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50 Years Old Veneers
by Alf Murtell

A short while ago, one of our Redbridge group's members happened to come across an old veneer trade sample book that contained 84 genuine examples of veneers sourced from all over the world.

This sample book was issued in the 1950's and appears not to have been opened for many years.

This then presented us with a useful reference source of 84 veneer pieces that were all over 50 years old, and not one of them had been exposed to sunlight in nearly all that time. As we all know, sunlight can have a detrimental effect on many veneers over a period of time, so to find some that had only been affected by time and not by sunlight was, for us, an interesting experience.

So that you can share this very useful reference source with us, we have carefully scanned each veneer and accurately matched each one's on screen appearance with its true appearance.

We hope you find these old veneer examples as interesting as we have done. They are displayed in alphabetical order of veneer species.

Afara
Afara
afrormosia114
Afrormosia
afzelia187
Afzelia
agba1
Agba
american walnut burr140
American Walnut Burr
anigre154
Anigre
ash9
Ash
ash burr117
Ash Burr
aspen12
Aspen
avodire14
Avodire
ayan15
Ayan
beech17
Beech
birch
Birch
birch masur21
Birch Masur
birds eye maple22
Bird's Eye Maple
boxwood43
Boxwood
bubinga27
Bubinga
castello100
Castello
cedar of lebanon30
Cedar of Lebanon
cherry31
Cherry
chestnut sweet33
Chestnut Sweet
douglas fir158
Douglas Fir
ebony macassar56
Ebony Macassar
elm40
Elm
elm burr120
Elm Burr
eucalyptus41
Eucalyptus
harewood5
Harewood Grey Ash
harewood39
Harewood Dark Grey
harewood46
Harewood Grey Maple
harewood49
Harewood Light Silver Grey
harewood133
Harewood Blue Harewood
harewood134
Harewood Mid Grey Slate
ice birch50
Ice Birch
imboia138
Imboia
iroko52
Iroko
koto42
Koto
lacewood54
Lacewood
larch150
Larch
laurel indian53
Laurel Indian
lime55
Lime
magnolia182
Magnolia
mahogany curl143
Mahogany Curl
mahogany honduras59
Mahogany Honduras
makore66
Makore
mansonia38
Mansonia
maple69
Maple
maple burr124
Maple Burr
oak australian silky79
Oak Australian Silky
oak brown26
Oak Brown
oak burr127
Oak Burr
oak sussex77
Oak Sussex
obeche16
Obeche
olive ash11
Olive ash
opepe137
Opepe
padauk andaman35
Paduak Andaman
paldao82
Paldao
pau rosa153
Pau Rosa
pearwood84
Pearwood
pine scots205
Pine Scots
planetree85
Planetree
planetree harewood151
Planetree Harewood
pommelle61
Pommelle
poplar burr139
Poplar Burr
prima vera86
Prima Vera
purpleheart87
Purpleheart
rosewood brazilian88
Rosewood Brazilian
rosewood indian89
Rosewood Indian
rosewood san domingan203
Rosewood San Domingan
rosewood santos202
Rosewood Santos
sapele62
Sapele
satinwood91
Satinwood
sycamore92
Sycamore
teak97
Teak
tola99
Tola
tropical olive157
Tropical Olive
walnut african106
Walnut African
walnut american103
Walnut American
walnut australian108
Walnut Australian
walnut curl141
Walnut Curl
walnut european107
Walnut European
wenge181
Wenge
willow72
Willow
yew111
Yew
zebrano113
Zebrano

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