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What's Hot - Fumed Wood Veneer

Fumed Wood Veneer - Indian Apple

I am excited about this new product that I have just been shown by The Vancouver based Dragonfly Surfaces.  The color and graining in this line of fumed wood veneer is amazingly beautiful.  The trees used are from sustainable-managed forest
Some of the fumed wood veneers that have captivated my attention are:
Fumed Red Gum, Fumed Olive Ash, Fumed Acacia, Fumed Sweet Chestnut, Fumed Wild Cherry, Fumed White Ebony, and Fumed Indian Apple 

What is Fumed Veneer?

Dark woods and stains are in high demand these days. The process used in creating fumed wood veneer turns light colours into warm rich chocolate browns.  The wood is placed in a special chamber where it goes through a “fumigation process”. There are only certain types of wood that are suitable for this process; they are tannic acid containing woods such as oak and larch. The reaction of the acid in the wood with ammonia is what is responsible for the darkening of colour. The light and shadow effects creating a patina in the wood veneer are due to different levels of tannic acid in the wood giving the veneer a truly unique look.

When woods that are not fully hearted are fumigated the result is a light splint zone. This gives the Smoked Wood Veneer its distinctive look that is not attainable through other processes.

The colour that the fumed wood takes on due to the fumigation process is to a large degree non-aging and is far more stable to light compared to many other coloured wood types. The fumed wood veneer is also more elastic and less brittle.

Environmental Story
During the fumigation process of the wood there are no waste products produced. The ammonia that is required for the manufacturing process is routed by the fumigation chambers directly into a washer and is neutralized. The resulting nitrogenous solution is then used in farming as fertilizer.

Fumed Wood Veneer - Macassar


Fumed Wood Veneer - Smoked Oak 

white ebony close up
White Ebony

Patricia Gray is an award winning Interior Designer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who blogs about
"WHAT'S HOT" in the world of Interior Design: New and Emerging Trends, Contemporary Design, Modern Architecture and Travel,
as well as how your surroundings can enhance the world around you.

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  1. I wonder if the black smoked chair by Mooi is created with a similar process.

    Love the smoked oak! As usual, you find the most amazing FF&E.


  2. Fantastic information, loving the white ebony!

  3. Anonymous4/12/08

    Oh, my gosh, those are simply magnificent! Thank you so much for posting this, Patricia. I can't wait to use some of these.

    Wendy Hoechstetter

  4. So, so cool. Love the flow that is being created with the wood grain.

    Another great entry Patricia.

  5. I love the first one!

  6. white ebony....oooohhhh! i love it!

  7. Wow the white ebony almost looks like a stone. Just beautiful. I'm definately going to check this product out for possible future use. Thanks!

  8. So pretty. I also love the retrained use of these woods. Not everything is covered in them in the photos.

  9. When I saw the first photo I thought - this must be one of Patricia's kitchens - thank you for such great information!

  10. Wow, really awesome

  11. Who knew??

    That white ebony is quite amazing...well they all are!

  12. Beautiful! I wonder what these pieces cost! The white ebony is amazing.

  13. I don't even know what to say about that white ebony....it is just amazing.

  14. Pretty fabulous and very interesting AND I learned a new decor word today.
    xo xo

  15. Anonymous10/12/08

    I would like to thank you for posting this material on your blog as it has created a lot of buzz for the material and we are getting some keen interest.

    Kind regards,

    Austen Leeden


  16. Great design, love it!!

  17. thank you.

    i never knew.


  18. Nice balance of natural materials and minimalist form. I will have to research the white ebony. It has some of the flavor of spalted maple. I wonder if the color is caused by a fungus? I have never seen Macassar ebony quite like the vanity.


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