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Burl Veneer Sources

Burl Veneer Sources

To all, For the purpose of reveneering the interior wood I have tried, but so far without luck, to find a source for the brown burl veneer used by Jaguar. There is plenty of superb domestic walnut burl available, but it finishes with deep almost black shades ...far too dark to match the original colors. Do any of you have a lead on medium brown veneers. Thanks - Klaus Nielsen

I'm presently redoing the wood in my Mark IX. The source for veneer that I have used is Constantine, 2050 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10641 (800-223-8087). Standard disclaimers apply. Their free catalog will amaze you. I began by purchasing their burl veneer assortment, which consists of 2 square feet of seven different types of veneer, including walnut burl. (Costs less than $25 US). This kit enabled me to match smaller pieces of veneer that needed replacement. Afterward, I purchased larger flitches of walnut burl for the larger areas on my Mark IX woodwork. They also offer instructions and tools for veneering. I don't know of any other company that offers more in this area. - Vince Chrzanowski

Vince, Thanks, I will try them again. When last I asked Constantine, admittedly some time ago, they only had the black stuff in stock. I should not have given up on them. While I am at it, what do/did you use for the top gloss coat for your "wood". Regards. - Klaus Nielsen

Klaus and all, As a point of interest, I've been told that in the 50s, Jaguar purchased their burled walnut from orchards in the the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. Since the climate there is very dry most of the year, the walnut may have a different character than the material you can get today. While there are plenty of nuts in the SF Valley today, there are precious few remaining nut trees. One Jaguar source of walnut today is Oregon, I'm told. The CJA wood expert is John Nyquist in Long Beach, California. (310) 597-1263. - Mike Carpenter

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