Contact Industries offers veneer profile wrapping and flat lamination using any of more than 200 wood species. With that sort of choice, we thought it would be best to provide a place on our website where you can see photographs of many of the most popular species so that you might better imagine how they’ll look when specified for your next project or product.

To use the veneer gallery, simply click on the thumbnail image of any veneer in the scroll menu to the left to reveal a larger sample photo and some information about the veneer species selected.

Afrormosia

  • Also known as African teak
  • Native to West Africa
  • Color ranges from golden to a dark brown, gradually turning to a deep, rich, walnut-like color with age
  • Moderately fine texture with closed pore structure
  • Grain ranges from straight to interlocked
  • Often specified for its uniform color
  • Limited availability with FSC credentials

Anigre

  • Heartwood is a light, yellowish brown, sometimes with a pinkish hue; turns more golden brown with age
  • Growth rings are generally not well-defined though certain figure can be present
  • Primarily sourced from tropical areas of East Africa
  • Offered in both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials.

Ash

  • Heartwood is a light brown color, though darker shades can be present (sometimes referred to as olive ash)
  • Has medium to coarse texture similar to oak
  • Available flat cut (shown) and quartered
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials.

Ash Quartered

  • Heartwood is a light brown color, though darker shades can be present (sometimes referred to as olive ash)
  • Has medium to coarse texture similar to oak
  • Available flat cut and quartered (shown)
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials.

Bubinga

  • Color ranges from pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with dark purple or black streaks
  • Has a very fine texture and small pores
  • Grain is often interlocked and frequently exhibits a variety of figure
  • Sourced from equatorial Africa
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Cherry / American Cherry

  • Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut; will darken over time to a deep golden brown when exposed to sunlight
  • Has a fine texture and closed grain which usually runs straight, though some pieces will exhibit curvy grain or figure
  • Sourced from eastern North America
  • Available both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials
  • Our cherry veneer typically falls in a range of light to dark color. To view images of the range you might expect, click here.

Douglas Fir

  • Characterized by the strong contrast in color between the yellow/orange early wood and the red/brown late wood contained in the growth rings
  • Contact Industries’ standard cut for this veneer vertical grain, which exhibits a straight, parallel grain pattern
  • Also available in mixed grain
  • Sourced from throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia
  • Readily available with FSC credentials

Etimoe / African Rosewood

  • Sometimes referred to as tigerwood
  • Heartwood can vary from a reddish-brown to a grey-brown, with reddish veining or striping
  • Typically has an interlocked grain
  • Highly sought-after for its natural figured appearance
  • Sourced from the Central African Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria
  • Not available with FSC credentials

European Beech

  • Typically a pale cream color with a pinkish hue
  • Veneer tends to be slightly darker due to the steaming process necessary in order to slice
  • Available both flat cut (shown) and quartered
  • The quartered variety exhibits a silvery fleck pattern
  • Sourced from Europe
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials

European Beech Quartered

  • Typically a pale cream color with a pinkish hue
  • Veneer tends to be slightly darker due to the steaming process necessary in order to slice
  • Available both flat cut (shown) and quartered
  • The quartered variety exhibits a silvery fleck pattern
  • Sourced from Europe
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials

Genuine Mahogany

  • Also referred to as Honduran mahogany
  • Heartwood can vary widely in color, from a pale pinkish brown to a darker, reddish brown
  • Medium to large pores and coarse texture
  • Grain can be straight, interlocked or wavy
  • Also exhibits an optical phenomenon called chatoyancy (changing in luster or appearance depending on the angle it is viewed from)
  • Generally sourced from southern Mexico and South America, it is also grown on plantations
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials

Hard Maple

  • Unlike most species, maple veneer is sought for its sapwood
  • Color ranges from nearly white to an off-white, cream color
  • Sometimes exhibits a reddish or golden hue
  • Has a fine, uniform texture with a small pore structure
  • Sourced from the northeastern United States
  • Available in both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials
  • Our hard maple veneer typically falls in a range of light to dark color. To view images of the range you might expect, click here.

Hard Maple Quartered

  • Unlike most species, maple veneer is sought for its sapwood
  • Color ranges from nearly white to an off-white, cream color
  • Sometimes exhibits a reddish or golden hue
  • Has a fine, uniform texture with a small pore structure
  • Sourced from the northeastern United States
  • Available in both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials

Hickory / Pecan

  • Heartwood tends to be a light to medium brown with a reddish hue
  • Grain is normally straight, but sometimes can be wavy or interlocked
  • Has open pores with a medium texture
  • Sourced from the eastern United States
  • Offered in both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials

Jatoba / Brazilian Cherry

  • Can vary in color from a light orange-brown to a darker, reddish brown
  • Usually grows darker with age
  • Wood has a depth and luster that is hard to describe
  • Grain pattern is typically wavy and interlocked
  • Coarse texture and large pores
  • Sourced from Central America
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Koa

  • Can be highly variable in color but tends to be a medium golden to dark reddish brown
  • Usually contrasting bands of color in the growth rings
  • Has small open pores and a medium to coarse texture
  • Grain is slightly interlocked and wavy
  • Sourced from the Hawaiian Islands
  • Can be ordered with FSC controlled wood certification

Limba

  • Separated for its color– white with no black streaks, and black with black streaks
  • Wood has a pale, yellow-brown color
  • Grain is straight and closed, with moderately coarse texture
  • Sometimes can have a wavy appearance, giving interesting figure
  • Most often sourced from Guinea, Zaire and West Africa
  • Offered in both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Macassar Ebony

  • Prized for its luxuriant, multi-colored grain
  • Has a dramatic striped appearance, with light to reddish brown body and darker brown to black stripes
  • Fine texture and small pores
  • Grain generally straight, but can be interlocked
  • Sourced from throughout Southeast Asia
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Makore

  • Color s pink to reddish brown with a natural luster due to high silica content
  • Has a fine, closed pore structure
  • Grain can be straight, interlocked or wavy
  • Sourced from western and middle Africa
  • Available in both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Mozambique

  • Reddish brown heartwood that tends to darken to a deep mahogany color when exposed to air
  • Grain is irregular and interlocked
  • Coarse but even texture
  • Sourced from East and West Africa
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Olivewood

  • Has a cream or yellowish brown body with darker brown or black contrasting grain lines
  • Color tends to deepen with age
  • Smooth pore structure
  • Very commonly figured with curly or wavy grain
  • Commonly sourced from Europe and eastern Africa
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Ponderosa Pine

  • Has a whitish to pale yellow color
  • Sometimes exhibits a reddish hue with darker, more pronounced hard grain
  • Has a fine pore structure and smooth texture
  • Sourced from the western United States and British Columbia
  • Offered in both mixed grain (shown) and vertical grain(check in advance for availability of quarter cut)
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials

Poplar

  • Has a light cream to yellowish brown color, with occasional streaks of grey or green
  • Can exhibit mineral stain colors ranging from dark purple to red, green or yellow
  • Typically has straight, uniform grain
  • Medium texture and closed pore structure
  • Sourced from the eastern United States
  • Available in both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials

Radiata Pine

  • Pale yellow-brown and generally straight grained with prominent growth rings
  • Has a fine pore structure and smooth texture
  • Offered in both mixed grain (shown) and vertical grain
  • Sourced from New Zealand and and Chile
  • Can be sourced with FSC credentials

Radiata Pine, Vertical Grain

  • Pale yellow-brown and generally straight grained with prominent growth rings
  • Has a fine pore structure and smooth texture
  • Offered in both mixed grain and vertical grain (shown)
  • Sourced from New Zealand and and Chile
  • Can be sourced with FSC credentials

Red Alder

  • Straight grained and uniformly textured
  • Heartwood is reddish brown
  • Veneer contains many small character marks
  • Sourced from the Pacific Northwest
  • Readily available with FSC credentials

Red Oak

  • Has a light to medium reddish color
  • Medium to large pores and fairly coarse grain
  • Native to a large portion of the eastern and southern United States, as well as eastern Canada
  • Offered in both flat cut (shown) and quarter cut, as well as rift
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials

Red Oak, Rift

  • Has a light to medium reddish color
  • Medium to large pores and fairly coarse grain
  • Native to a large portion of the eastern and southern United States, as well as eastern Canada
  • Offered in both flat cut and quarter cut, as well as rift (shown)
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials
  • Our red oak veneer typically falls in a range of light to dark color. To view images of the range you might expect, click here.

Rosewood, Santos

  • Most common commerical substitute for the endangered and no longer available Brazilian Rosewood
  • Also known as Pau Ferro
  • Color can be varied, ranging from reddish-orange to a dark, violet-brown
  • Usually contains dark brown, or black streaks
  • Very small-pored with an even texture and natural high luster
  • Grain is typically straight but can be irregular or interlocked
  • Offered in both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Most commonly sourced from tropical South America, predominantly Brazil and Bolivia
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Sapele

  • Medium-to-dark reddish brown or purplish brown color that tends to darken with age
  • Most common look is quarter-cut , also known as “ribbon”
  • Also available in flat cut (shown)
  • Has a fine texture with small pores
  • Native to Africa
  • Available with FSC credentials

Sapele, Quartered

  • Medium-to-dark reddish brown or purplish brown color that tends to darken with age
  • Most common look is quarter-cut (shown), also known as “ribbon”
  • Also available in flat cut
  • Has a fine texture with small pores
  • Native to Africa
  • Available with FSC credentials

Spanish Cedar

  • Light red to pinkish orange in color,
  • Resembles mahogany at first glance
  • Can be straight-grained, wavy, curly or burled
  • Though classified as a hardwood, the wood is soft, with a moderately coarse texture
  • Sourced from Central and South America
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Teak, Flat Cut

  • Has a golden or medium brown color that tends to darken with age
  • Has coarse texture with medium-sized pores
  • Grain that tends to be straight but occasionally can be wavy or interlocked
  • Has a slightly oily feel due to its natural oils
  • Native to southern Asia, with significant amounts plantation-grown
  • Plantation material tends to be more wild in color and generally less desirable
  • Offered in both flat cut (shown) and quarter cut
  • Not currently available with FSC credentials

Teak, Quartered

  • Has a golden or medium brown color that tends to darken with age
  • Has coarse texture with medium-sized pores
  • Grain that tends to be straight but occasionally can be wavy or interlocked
  • Has a slightly oily feel due to its natural oils
  • Native to southern Asia, with significant amounts plantation-grown
  • Plantation material tends to be more wild in color and generally less desirable
  • Offered in both flat cut and quarter cut (shown)
  • Not currently available with FSC credentials

Walnut

  • Heartwood ranges from lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown, with darker brown streaks
  • Sometimes exhibits a grey, purple or reddish cast
  • Medium, straight grain with occasional sweep
  • Medium pore texture
  • Native to the northeastern United States and eastern Canada
  • Readily available with FSC credentials
  • Our walnut veneer typically falls in a range of light to dark color. To view images of the range you might expect, click here.

Walnut, Rift

  • Heartwood ranges from lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown, with darker brown streaks
  • Sometimes exhibits a grey, purple or reddish cast
  • Medium, straight grain with occasional sweep
  • Medium pore texture
  • Native to the northeastern United States and eastern Canada
  • Readily available with FSC credentials

Wenge

  • Heartwood is very dark brown with black streaks
  • Unlike most woods, becomes lighter in color when exposed to direct sunlight
  • Has a coarse grain and rough texture
  • May require additional steps when finishing if smooth appearance is desired
  • Offered in both flat cut and quarter cut
  • Indigenous throughout Africa
  • Not available with FSC credentials

Western Red Cedar

  • Typically reddish to pinkish brown, often with random streaks and bands of darker red/brown areas
  • Has straight grain with medium to coarse texture
  • Sourced from the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia
  • Available in both vertical grain and mixed grain
  • Can be sourced with FSC credentials

White Oak

  • Color is light to medium brown
  • Medium to large pore structure
  • Fairly coarse grain
  • Available in flat cut (shown) and quarter cut, as well as rift
  • Native to a large portion of the eastern and southern United States, as well as eastern Canada
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials

White Oak, Rift

  • Color is light to medium brown
  • Medium to large pore structure
  • Fairly coarse grain
  • Available in flat cut and quarter cut, as well as rift (shown)
  • Native to a large portion of the eastern and southern United States, as well as eastern Canada
  • Can be ordered with FSC credentials
  • Our white oak veneer typically falls in a range of light to dark color. To view images of the range you might expect, click here.

Zebrawood

  • Heartwood is light brown or cream colored with dark, blackish streaks vaguely resembling a zebra’s stripes
  • When flat-sawn, stripes appear wavy, while in quarter-sawn they are more uniform
  • Fairly coarse texture and open pore structure
  • Grain tends to be wavy and interlocked
  • Indigenous to West Africa
  • Not available with FSC credentials
DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that the veneers we offer are, in fact, real wood. As such the veneered products you specify may feature the grain variation and natural characteristics allowed in the grade and species specified. The photos used in this veneer gallery are meant only to be representative of the species selected. Actual color, grain pattern and other appearance characteristics will vary within each veneer species and grade.