Alpen White Oak
Driven by our passion for wood and strengthened by our years of experience, Decospan went in search of the most exceptional Alpen white oak. We found this in a unique place in the heart of Europe. The exceptional soil and climate in this region have had such an influence on the growth process of the oak trees that the color and structure of the wood is exceptionally unique. The white-yellow color is appreciated by the most renowned architects, designers and builders. The pronounced grain and physical properties of the Alpen White Oak increase the natural character all the more. When this kind of oak is cut on rift, the result is truly amazing. No matter how hard we try, the beauty of white oak from this growth area can hardly be put into words, you have to experience it yourself.
- Premium white oak
- European origin
- Single source
- Distinctive wood grain
- Consistency in grading
- Versatile and easy to work with
- Architectural appearance
Crown Cut / Plain Sliced
Quarter + Crown Cut
Our Alpen White Oak veneer curators vast experience and expertise in wood sourcing gives us a distinct advantage unparalleled in our industry. Our network consists of reliable and skilled partners, procuring wood according to a strict quality manual to which only a few key persons have access. Venturing through many forests, our curators select the most exceptional logs to yield veneers suitable for Decospan’s Bespoke Collection. Sustainability is just as deeply rooted in our selection process as is quality. Hence Decospan’s Pure Wood Charter that all partners are required to sign and comply with. Decospan has been certified under both FSC and PEFC programs for many years and strives to promote sustainable forestry.
“The sustainable use of our basic raw material – wood veneer – gets the highest priority and is embedded in our company philosophy.”
Alpen White Oak veneer is produced by slicing a log in thin layers with a blade. In contrast to solid wood, which is sawn, veneer makes optimal use of the log without any sawing loss. This is how we make sure that this precious raw material is used as optimal as possible. We have partnerships with veneer factories that go back many years and where the exchange of experience and knowledge have led to unique veneer products.
Cutting a log can be done in various ways. Each way produces a different pattern. Veneer retains the natural look and feel of real wood as well as its unique properties, showing authentic color and pattern variations. That special expression is the basis of a beautiful sheet.
Every tree is unique. By definition, we therefore never produce twice the same. And that makes our craft just as beautiful. All Alpen White Oak veneer bundles are assessed in our quality center and are classified in the correct category by specialists. A quality matrix with more than 50 different sub-qualities demonstrates how accurately we do this. Because we grade very consistently and bring a sustained quality standard to the market, customers worldwide choose our products.
The selected jointing technique is the main factor in the look and feel of your project. It influences the ambiance of the project. Because this is so critical, we made it our mission to master this skill like nobody else.
Bookmatch is the standard jointing method. The sliced strips of veneer are jointed mirrored, two by two. This technique clearly shows the pattern variations of the tree in the jointed sheet.
Slipmatch is different because the veneer strips are matched one after the other and jointed without flipping. This is the recommended jointing technique if the veneer should be stained. As all strips have the same side up, there is no color difference between the strips.
Reverse slipmatch is a variation on the regular slipmatch: the veneer is not flipped but alternately jointed head to foot. Due to this technique, the wood structure is more evenly spread throughout the veneer sheet.
Mix-Matched is literally what it says: mixing and matching. The veneer strips are jointed randomly, creating an interesting yet cohesive effect. Mix-matched is the veneer alternative for the plank effect of solid wood. It is possible to create a mix of both crown cut and quarter cut, or use crown cut only or quarter cut only. At Decospan mix-matching of veneers is taken to a special level with the use of specialized splicing machines and a team of dedicated artisans whom carefully pre-select the veneers for this process.
Years of pressing technology knowledge
We handle the most diverse types of wooden substrates in different sizes. Depending on the order, it is determined automatically with industry 4.0 technology in which of our presses the veneer is brought together with the base board. What at first sight seems to be an obvious task, however, is the result of years of know-how. It’s like an iceberg: what you see physically is just a small part of a vast underlying mass of knowledge and experience. Manufacturing a high quality bespoke veneered panel is not a simple task, but a skillful art.
The main types of core material that we process for Alpen White Oak are:
- MDF (including fire retardant & moisture resistant options)
- Chipboard (including fire retardant & moisture resistant options)
- Plywood (including poplar, birch, WBP and fire retardant options)
On average, 30% of the energy we use in our production is solar energy, generated by the solar panels we have installed at all our production sites. The remaining 70% is green energy that we source from our windmills or purchase from the energy supplier.
We use our waste wood to bring the machinery up to the right temperature. It is also how we heat our business premises in the winter months. We ensure our buildings make optimum use of natural daylight so that we do not have artificial lighting turned on unnecessarily.
Items not in stock but can be ordered, 30-45 day turnaround on orders.
Call for Details: (410) 244-0055
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