Also known as: Smoked Beech
Botanical Name: Fagus sylvatica
Origin: Europe and West Asia
Description: In order to produce White Beech veneer, the trees must be felled in the winter months when the sap is not rising. The logs are then sliced and uncooked as soon as possible to avoid any discolouration occurring. One difficulty often encountered with White Beech however, is its translucency which may necessitate prior underveneering. For steamed Beech veneer, the logs are cooked in the usual way and this changes the colour to a light pink to pinky brown. Large quantities of this veneer are consumed by all branches of the woodworking industry, and it is used extensively on furniture, doors, other interior joinery and for shopfitting. Brown heart beech or Kern has become a more popular face grade veneer, previously it was more commonly used in the solid. Beech can also be fumed a teak like brown colour.