At the heart of Gosling’s craft and expertise is an appreciation of woods and timbers, so Veneering and Marquetry play a huge part in Gosling designs. There are endless configurations and patterns possible within the grain and the timbers provide an incredible variety of colours, shades, and markings.
Veneers are very thin sheets or slices of fine grained, often precious wood, usually between 1/16” and 1/32” in thickness, applied over a strong support of a less decorative wood or substrate. The finest and rarest timbers are used for veneers: the bark may be peeled from the tree trunk, or the trunk cut into large rectangular blocks called ‘flitches’ in order to obtain the veneer. The appearance of the grain comes from slicing through the growth rings of the tree and varies depending upon the angle of cutting.
The veneers are delivered to our workshop rolled up in drums and are usually sold by the square foot, but as they can be joined up, even small pieces are used. The production of veneers has the advantage of increasing the amount of usable wood, greatly augmenting the yield of rare woods with interesting grain patterns, thus placing fewer demands on resources.
Veneers can be matched to create endless interesting patterns depending on their configuration. The most common layout is book matching; where the veneer leaves are alternately folded out, as in the centre opening of a book, so that one leaf is a mirror image of the other. With slip matching the leaves are laid face up and side by side so that the grain pattern is repeated. Other techniques include reverse slip, radial, diamond or herringbone matching.