Oystershell Veneering

Thin slices about 1/16 in (1.5 mm) thick cut transversely from the branches of lignum vitae, olive, laburnum, mulberry or walnut to yield an oyster-shell effect were often used in traditional furniture. The oysters can be cut and stacked with wood spacers between and weighted down, or short lengths of branch wood buried in dry sand, but the seasoning must be very gradual and prolonged if splitting and casting are to be avoided. They were either trimmed square or to an octagonal shape, carefully matched, coated with glue size to stop absorption, with a glued cover paper over to prevent them curling, and laid between cauls. Figure 301:7 shows the usual method of matching up but there is no reason why oysters of different sizes should not be laid in a random build-up (301:8). A modern example of oyster-shell veneering is shown in the photograph of a large cigarette-box in 304 designed and made by Mr Richard Fyson, which shows to advantage the careful selection, matching and patching of inevitable defects necessary in the finest work.

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