Monday, October 24, 2011

Oyster Veneer

Have you ever wondered what Oyster Veneer means? Well, it is a labor intensive technique that was used to enhance exquisite furniture during the 17th Century. The technique resembles the cross cut wafers of a whole oyster shell, and therefore it is called Oyster Veneer. Oyster Veneer is produced by cross slicing or sawing wooden twigs or stems. The slices of this sewn veneer, show the year rings of the wood. By placing these slim stems in a uniform way, interesting patterns can be formed.