Figure is patterns on the veneer surface that usually run across the grain. Many figures have been described. A few of the more common forms are shown here.
Veneer sliced parallel to a radius is called quarter cut. Grain pattern will usually be fairly straight or have slight curves. Figure can be strong in quartered veneer.
Veneer sliced across the log perpendicular to a radius is called flat cut or crown cut. Grain pattern will commonly produce arches, ovals, or hour glass patterns in the veneer.
Veneer can be sliced from various parts of the tree. Burls usually come from the root section of the tree. Most veneer comes from the trunk of the tree. Long wood veneer may be sliced flat cut, quarter cut, or rotary cut depending on the species or patterns in[...]
Some species including many burls are becoming limited in availability and very expensive. Great logs may be available in some species, but sample material and lengths of hold are limited. Additionally, financial deposits may be required to extend holds beyond a few months. These logs should be considered for very special projects.