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Marquetry, Parquetry & Veneer Repair
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Wood veneer has been used to form decorative surfaces on furniture for the past three centuries.
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The three main methods of using veneers to show the beauty of the wood grain are: book matching, marquetry and parquetry.
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Book Matching: Decorative veneers are cut from a “flitch” in a tree to form a bundle of leaves. These can be matched sequentially.
 
Example of Book Matching:
 
Marquetry is the formation of a picture using wood veneers from different tree species. The different colours and grains are used to make, most commonly, floral, landscape and mythically themed scenes.
Furniture was also inlaid with materials from nature such as mother of pearl, ivory and some metals, ie brass. For more information about this process, go to our "Boulle Work" page.
 
Some examples of marquetry:
 
 
 
 
Parquetry is the formation of geometric decoration using the colours and grains of different tree species.
 
Some examples of parquetry:
 
 
Furniture was also inlaid with materials from nature such as mother of pearl, ivory and some metals, ie brass.
 
At Acacia we repair all of the above, using traditional materials and methods of restoration. Wood veneer and inlay were traditionally bonded to a core material using hide glue which is created from the bones and hides of animals.
 
 
Some examples of our work:
 
Louis XV desk
 
Before
After
 
 
 
 
Beautiful Parquetry Dining Table
 
Parquetry table getting new veneers to fix water damage
 
Parquetry table colour matched and polished
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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