Our Mission:

Rice Veneer & Lumber Company is committed to quality face veneers and unsurpassed customer service.



   Wood Veneer is a natural material, a renewable resource.  It's beauty comes from nature,

not interfered by man.

   The biggest volume of high quality hardwoods originates in less developed countries in

the tropical regions.  For many of them the sale of hardwood products is a major source of income.

   The timber hungry developed countries and the timber growing nations recently awoke to the

challenge that we have to maintain timber as a renewable resource.  Protection of our environment

is the issue.  All of this means that we have to handle timber products very carefully, cut down waste,

choose species carefully, and specify with the utmost expertise.


Why and How to Specify Architectural Veneer

You Specify...

1. In order to achieve exactly the appearance and look you want.

2. Wood veneer for panels and architectural woodwork to mirror your personal design creativity.

3. So when one enters the doors of prestigious buildings, a board room, or and elevator cab,

        thousands of people will see the architectural woodwork which highlights your name.

4. So nobody can copy the design shaped by the rare and exotic veneer you selected.

        Each tree is unique in it's appearance.

5. To control quality and appearance.

6. To control cost.

7. To control availability and to make sure the veneer you desire is in stock.




1. The first step is generally to decide the species to be used.

       Contact Rice Veneer & Lumber Co. to assist you in your choice.  Give us your idea about:

               a. general design idea            d. grain character

               b. range of budget                 e. length and width of panels

               c. general color                      f. required square footage


  The average yield of veneer in a panel face is 3:1 (3 square feet of veneer to each square foot of

panel surface).  This establishes the quantity required.  The panel length establishes the length of

veneer needed.  The panel width will determine the number of leaves needed for the panel face.

All of this can usually be done from the veneer samples and tallies.


2. Rice Veneer & Lumber Co. will provide you with type samples of various veneer options.


3. Once you have narrowed your selection to a specific species and character of your choice, we will

   provide samples and prices together with tallies of specific available flitches.  As a precaution, the

   architect should always insist on samples and should not specify a product simply because it is

   referred to as "architectural grade".  Also beware not to specify from too small a type sample.


4. You will now choose a specific flitch from the sample collection.  Each flitch has a number through

   all the bundles, like a social security number, which only represents  that particular flitch.  At this

   point you might consider visiting Rice Veneer & Lumber's Showroom to inspect the veneer,

   bundle by bundle.  This is the most professional method to choose veneer, to satisfy your taste

   and specification.

5. You might want to specify the number of leaves to be used per panel face.  Parts of the flitch can be

   allocated to various locations.  In addition parts of the flitch can be allocated for furniture

   requirements. In conjunction with the foregoing, the type of panel and elevation match should be

   selected.  This determines the final appearance of a wall.  It should also be mentioned that special

   matches are possible. In some strongly grained stocks, a prominent grain feature can change its

   locations on the sheets of veneer gradually, usually it moves up or down the leaves.

       In the panel elevation this means that it will make a slope either up or down the wall.  To correct

   this it is possible to start an elevation match in the center of the wall and work in both directions,

   thereby balancing the panels.

6. After you select the veneer you should include in the bidding specification the following:

  a). Name the supplier; Rice Veneer & Lumber Co. and the flitch numbers which the woodworker has to use.

        This way you are absolutely assured that the woodwork will mirror your selection and design.

        We will give all the woodworkers the same price we quoted you.

   b). Once a project is awarded to a specific architectural woodworker a small finished sample panel should be

        provided for your approval and protection.  It is made out of the veneer from the flitch you have chosen.

   c). All sapwood, shake, open defect, worm holes and discoloration shall be eliminated from the final panel.

   d). No more than one flitch shall be used per elevation and shall conform to the designers assignment.

   e). For example: Panels shall be book matched, and center balance matched.  Elevations shall be sequenced

       and blue print matched.

   f). Panels shall contain no more than " X " leaves per face.

   g). Where designated, furniture pieces will be fabricated from (species and grain pattern) as supplied by (vendor).

   h). At times there are special conditions imposed by local building codes and fire codes which also need to be

        considered.  A common condition required is that of flame spread rating.  This can determine the species

        of wood allowed in a given area, since all species do not carry the same rating.

   i). At this point you also have to determine the type of finish.  There are a great variety of finishes, for example:

       high gloss polyester, open pore lacquer, matte finish.  Ask your woodworker.  Various finishes can bring out

       grain patterns of wood more or less.

   j). You also have to consider if there are any acoustical needs which have to be addressed.

   k). From the point of cost it is important to remember the more complicated the installation, the more costly

       it becomes.  In any event, the face veneer is the least costly item and most often less than 5% of the installed

       panel costs, and much less in terms of cabinet and furniture work.