April 2021 | European Sycamore

quarter cut european sycamore wood veneer with fiddleback figure
Quarter cut

European Sycamore wood veneer is naturally quite white when freshly cut and in fact, it is one of the whitest woods in the world. Over time the veneer naturally darkens slightly to a creamy yellow white. This species can be quartered or flat cut, plain or highly figured. Fiddleback figure is most common for quarter cut, as seen to the left.

You may sometimes hear European Sycamore called European or Great maple because it is actually a maple by genus. These trees reach heights of 100 feet with trunk diameters usually around 5 feet.

Common uses for European Sycamore veneer

flat cut european sycamore wood veneer with fiddleback figure
Flat cut

Architectural and acoustic panels, cabinetry, furniture and millwork are all common applications. European Sycamore can be dyed to a variety of colors, including silver-gray. This color is quite popular for furniture and cabinetry, and produces a beautiful shimmer. Finishing with a clear coat is also a highly popular choice when the wood’s natural light yellow white and inherent warmth is most desired.

M. Bohlke Lumber availability

At M. Bohlke Lumber we carry European Sycamore in a wide selection of lumber forms. Our lumber inventory currently consists of:

Bespoke European Sycamore conference table using live edge from M. Bohlke Lumber.
Bespoke Euro Sycamore conference table.
  • Figured boules in 4/4, 5/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4 thicknesses
  • Plain boules in 4/4, 5/4, 8/4, 10/4 thicknesses
  • Steamed, plain 8/4 boule
  • Figured 5/4 FAS&BTR square edge
  • European Sycamore Live Edge Slabs
  • European Sycamore Burl Live Edge Slabs

Contact the M. Bohlke team

Contact us today to learn more about our European Sycamore wood veneer and lumber selections.

March 2021 | Jatoba

Short video clip showing available Jatoba veneer from M. Bohlke Veneer.

Although sometimes called Brazilian Cherry or South American Cherry, Jatoba is not a true Cherry. The overall similar look and warm red tones promote these names instead.

Jatoba veneer heartwood varies from an attractive salmon red to orange brown. Dark to russet brown streaks are common and Jatoba also has a natural golden luster. It can exhibit quite a large color variation from one log to the next.

The sapwood can be wide and is much lighter in color – either white or pink and sometimes gray, not darkening to the deep red-orange tones common with the heartwood.

Origin of Jatoba and its veneer applications

This tree is found on South American islands, and in Mexico, Brazil and Peru. Jatoba grows to impressive heights of 120-130 feet. Trunk diameters range from a mere 20 inches to 6 feet or more, making this species ideal for veneer production for architectural use.

Architectural and acoustic panels, cabinetry, millwork, as well as doors and furniture are all typical uses for both flat and quarter cut Jatoba veneer. Musical instruments, private aircraft and yacht interiors are additional uses as well.

Known for its hardness and durability, Jatoba is also the most popular hardwood flooring import from Brazil to the U.S.

M. Bohlke Lumber availability

We currently have 4/4 FAS&BTR, 8/4 FAS&BTR and Jatoba live edge slabs available. You can view a selection of our Jatoba tops here – please note we have a very select inventory of live edge tops at this time.

Contact the M. Bohlke team

Contact us today to request physical samples and to learn more about our Jatoba wood offerings.

January-February 2021 | Lumber Newsletter

Reclaimed knotty Pine lumber surfaced to show color and contrast.
Special highlight from our reclaimed lumber inventory.

Click here to read the January-February Bohlke Lumber Newsletter.

Highlight from our reclaimed lumber inventory | 8/4 FAS&BTR Knotty Pine has a story to tell and can be used in various settings.

Complete Species List | Don’t see a species listed that you’re looking for? Please inquire, as we generally have veneer logs to cut into lumber that can be kiln dried on short order.

We also include our newest Bohlke lumber arrivals.

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February 2021 | Sen

Sen veneer quality log in log yard.
Veneer quality Sen log.

Sen wood veneer heartwood ranges from a beige yellow to a pale gray yellow, or greenish brown. The grain is generally straight and has a moderately coarse texture. Depending on the log and cut, this veneer can sometimes display dramatic figure as well, including fiddleback.

Although Sen and Japanese Ash are sometimes seemingly interchangeable trade names, these species do belong to different families.

Popularity in applications

Sen is primarily found in Japan and is used in a variety of applications there: paneling, interior joinery, and construction to name just a few. Sen wood veneer is similar to ash here in the United States. Its light hues make it a popular furniture and cabinetry choice as well.

Column of Sen wood veneer.
Flat cut Sen veneer applied to column in M. Bohlke Corp. office.

M. Bohlke Sen inventory

We have a variety of veneer panel sizes available in this species, as well as 4/4 and 8/4 square edge lumber. Sen’s elegant and soft light color is steadfast and doesn’t fade over time like other veneer species.

Contact us to request samples, or to schedule an in-person visit or a virtual veneer log inspection!

Our Live Veneer Log Inspection service allows you to view a veneer log inspection via a live stream! We also offer the flexibility of sending recorded video directly to you for viewing at your leisure.

Watching a veneer log inspection at your convenience provides the same control as if you were here. You can pause the inspection for longer views of grain structure and color consistency and, if streaming live, request to see logs a second time the moment you need to.

In addition, we are happy to share that our facilities are open for scheduled visits. Please contact your M. Bohlke sales rep or use our contact form to schedule a visit.

January 2021 | Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar samples shown with matching techniques.

January 2021 | Western Red Cedar

Our Red Cedar veneer inventory currently consists of various door and panel lengths. Typically quarter cut, Western Red Cedar veneer heartwood is generally light reddish-brown in color with straight, tight grain. Pink hues occasionally pop up and darker red or brown streaks are fairly common as well. Otherwise, Red Cedar veneer is quite uniform in color and grain structure throughout individual logs and is free of knots or other defects. In comparison to the warmer heartwood, Red Cedar sapwood is almost white. The texture is usually moderate to coarse before finishing.

Western Red Cedar provides relatively large veneer sizes

Red Cedar log yard when the trees are cut into cants for veneer production.
Cedar log yard where logs are cut down to cants.

Found primarily in the Pacific Northwest, Red Cedar is sometimes dwarfed by Redwood, however, this species reaches heights of over 200 feet. Trunk diameters are usually around 10 feet, but sometimes span a 20+ foot width.

Red Cedar veneer is produced mostly from square cants rather than logs because the trees are subject to extensive amounts of rot that is not usable for any wood application. However, due to the overall size of mature Red Cedar trees, the cants remain large.

Veneer quality Red Cedar cant.
Veneer quality Red Cedar cant.

Red Cedar veneer is available in attractive lengths and widths for architectural projects calling on a consistent and natural aesthetic.

Common applications

Architectural millwork including panels and doors, as well as furniture and cabinetry are all popular choices for Western Red Cedar.

Contact us today

Our team can help elevate your next project to new levels. Contact us today to request samples, or to schedule an in-person visit or a virtual veneer log inspection.

November-December 2020 | Lumber Newsletter

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Solid hardwood project highlights | 34’+ Kosipo slab perfect fit in tap room. Mahogany boule lumber part of almost century old boat restoration. And stunning Bubinga Pommele live edge slab exudes luxury in home.

A note from our team | Jon Mixell reflects on 2020 and looks forward to 2021.

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December 2020 | Figured Mahogany

Varying shades of reddish brown are seen from log to log of Figured Mahogany samples.
Mahogany wood veneer rolled up to show figure.

December 2020 Wood of the Month | Figured Mahogany wood veneer has been, and continues to be, an excellent wood for furniture. Don’t forget architectural panels, millwork, and cabinetry, either.

Other noteworthy applications include musical instruments, as well as both yacht and aircraft interiors. Figure can be moderate to heavy. Furthermore, the type of figure ranges from fiddleback, stripey, mottled, crotch and more. Figured Mahogany wood veneer ages nicely after installation. It “tans” well with exposure to sunlight and UV, and has a classical and elegant aesthetic.

Just as the figure varies, the heartwood of Figured Mahogany does as well. Pale pinkish browns to deeper red browns provide a wide range of warm, natural tones. Medium, uniform texture. Figured Mahogany also has a wonderful natural luster, as seen in our photos.

8/4 Khaya Mahogany boule

Lumber: We carry Mahogany at M. Bohlke Lumber in various lumber forms. Our lumber inventory currently consists of:

  • Honduras Mahogany: Backing Boards, Square Edge SEL&BTR and FAS&BTR of varying thicknesses, as well as Boules of varying thicknesses
  • Khaya Mahogany: Khaya Crotch Live Edge Slabs, FAS&BTR Square Edge, and Boules
  • Sapele Mahogany: Square Edge FAS&BTR and Boules of varying thicknesses
  • Sapele Pommele Mahogany: Live Edge Slabs

Contact us today to learn more about our Figured Mahogany wood veneer and lumber selections.

September-October 2020 | Lumber Newsletter

4/4 South American Chechen square edge lumber.

Click here to read our September-October 2020 Lumber Newsletter.

Highlights this issue:

Over 3000 tabletops available | From Albizia to Wenge, we have hit a live edge slab milestone!

Ebiara & South American Chechen | Two new arrivals at M. Bohlke Lumber that steal the spotlight this issue.

Working Cottonwood | Cottonwood is a poplar species and relatively easy to work with both hand and machine tools. We have various sized Cottonwood live edge slabs available for purchase.

Eucalyptus inventory | New figured and plain Eucalyptus square edge in stock! Quartered Eucalyptus is a good substitute for Rift White Oak.

Complete Species List | Don’t see a species listed that you’re looking for? Please inquire, as we generally have veneer logs to cut into lumber that can be kiln dried on short order.

Follow Jon @mbohlkelumber on Instagram to be the first to see new arrivals and what’s going on in lumber.

October 2020 | Fumed Etimoe

fumed etimoe wood veneer
Fumed Etimoe veneer samples with figure

October 2020 Wood of the Month | Fumed Etimoe wood veneer is from a tree native to West and Central Africa. These trees regularly grow up to 100 feet, and sometimes reach 165 feet in height. Trunk diameters can be as wide as 9 feet. Because Etimoe is large, it’s not unusual to find logs that yield large quantities of veneer or lumber. This makes Etimoe a top choice for design projects calling for substantial amounts of decorative veneer in sequence.

Fumed Etimoe wood veneer is a hot species in architectural design, as well as aircraft design. Etimoe wood veneer heartwood is usually a reddish brown with a speckled appearance. Darker brown or red veins are sometimes visible and the grain is generally straight or interlocked. Also has a fine and even texture.

The natural process of fuming Etimoe brings out warm, dark chocolate brown tones, in place of reddish brown. After fuming, figure also becomes distinctly more pronounced. Fumed Etimoe retains both its natural strength and good natural luster.

fumed etimoe wood veneer 2
Fumed Etimoe veneer samples with figure

In addition to architectural and aircraft design, Fumed Etimoe is used in millwork, cabinetry and doors, as well as high-end furniture.

Our current natural (unfumed) Etimoe lumber inventory

  • 4/4, 6/4, 8/4, 12/4 & 16/4 FAS&BTR square edge lumber


Contact us today

Our team can help elevate your next project to new levels – contact us today to request physical samples, and to schedule an in-person visit OR a virtual veneer log inspection!

2020 AWI Annual Convention | Come visit us!

Are you a woodworking professional and attending the Virtual 2020 Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) Annual Convention from Sep. 30-Oct. 2? We’ll be there, too!

For many years, we have been a major supporter of AWI, the Architectural Woodworking industry’s leading organization. We are excited to be a part of this virtual venture and encourage you to attend as well!

Members of our M. Bohlke team will be available all three days at our booth. Visit us to learn more about our company and services, plus see live samples of our extensive wood veneer species.

The annual convention is entirely virtual this year, so you can attend from anywhere with a stable internet connection.

Do you still need to register? Visit the official 2020 AWI site to complete your registration today.

We appreciate your support and look forward to connecting with you later this month!