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Veneer is the beginning step for the value chain of a myriad of end users. A veneer is a thin layer of wood of uniform thickness that is produced by peeling or slicing carefully selected logs.
A typical tree will yield 30 to 50 times more usable wood surface when used to produce veneer than when the product is dimension lumber. Veneers can also provide grain patterns and other effects not possible with solid hardwood.
These improved yields maximize the inherent aesthetic properties of hardwood trees and place less demand on the hardwood forest resource base. During their growth cycle, these trees are 100% solar powered and produce oxygen while sequestering carbon. This carbon stays sequestered in the entire life cycle of the products made from veneer which can be decades.
Over 98% of the tree is used in products with wastes used for bio-energy generation, pallets, mulch, and other uses.