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Mappa Burl Wood Veneer

Mappa Burl Veneer SheetsThese mappa burl wood veneer sheets have wonderful color combination that often varies from light tan to a beautiful gold with dark red/brown burl pockets. It also has a very unique aroma which is striking similar to the smell of leather. Originally from Western Europe, mappa is the only species of poplar that develops this rare type of burl formation.

Mappa burl veneers require a grain filler to level-out the voids in the burl pockets. These voids are not imperfections but instead are simply the way nature makes this type of burl. It is common for some of the weakest burl pockets to fall out of the veneer sheet. This is not an easy veneer to work with and one that requires an understanding of what mappa burl veneer is and what it isn't. It does not have a smooth, tight burl cluster like walnut burl.

Some of the finest mappa burl furniture pieces, both new and vintage, have open voids in the burl figure. In other pieces, the voids are filled woth epoxy mixed with wood dust. Once the epoxy dries, careful sanding is required.

Common Name:
  Mappa, Mapa, Mapi
Scientific Name:
  Cream and tan with dark red to brown burl clusters
  Many parts of Europe, Yugoslavia, and Romania
  Soft to medium
  Fine, closed pore but open burl pockets which require filling
  Readily accepts stains and finishes
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Tip from Joe

I've found that cell phones and tablets display reasonably accurate colors of our veneer photos.
Rendering variations on some computer monitors can cause our pictures to appear different from the actual veneer.