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Marketability for Highly Figured Aspen10/22
I conduct aspen tree breeding and we are working to incorporate highly figured aspen genes into hybrid aspen that grow fast and root from dormant stem cuttings.
I had some hybrid aspens rotary peeled and sliced for veneer. It was observed that the peeling/slicing characteristics were very good.
What might be the veneer and lumber market implications if the supply of highly figured aspen was readily available (NE North America)? I currently observe aspen lumber only in the hobbyist section. What other markets might be possible?
Could be a market if it was dyed, or double dyed, so it looks like something else. Personally, I don't know of any market for aspen veneer.
My veneer producer peels aspen IF he can find it, right now he can't... He also prefers bright white aspen because you can always stain it darker, but never lighter...
My vendor showed me some nicely figured Maple veneer, which also is light in color. Let's assume that we could produce a figured aspen veneer that looked similar to Maple. Would that still be hard to market?
How much of an issue is the durability difference of aspen vs. Maple veneer? Could you double the thickness of the aspen veneer to compensate for the hardness?
Not sure how you would market that material, it probably depends on the volume available. Maybe you can get Lady Gaga to take delivery of a figured aspen cabinet, that might be followed with the whole world wanting that wood in their furniture. Such is fashion.
We use a lot of rotary basswood but we would also be able to use aspen, if you think you can supply rotary aspen (no figure) or know who can, let me know and I can give you sizes, Thanks
Let's assume that the supply and quality in a given region (NE North America) is good (always available).
- So why would you not prefer the figure? How does having figure hurt veneer marketability?
- How much of an issue is the durability difference of aspen vs. Maple veneer? Could you double the thickness of the aspen veneer to compensate for the hardness? Isn't looks what really matters in a veneer?
We use it for cross banding for 2 & 3 ply bending veneer in our pressing operation. I actually do not care about figure as long as I am not paying more for it. We just need a white ish backer that is not too hard,. Like basswood. Basswood can be pricy at times.