Veneer producer Schorn & Groh of Karlsruhe has acquired a birch burl plantation from the Finnish Forest Research Institute.

The woodland is 65 years old and has an estimated available volume of 20 tons of export quality imber.

The German company harvested the first 170 trunks in March, and shipped out logs up to 3.2m long and with diameters up to 40cm.

The quality is reported as good to very good making the timber suitable for automobile interiors and high grade furniture.

Schorn & Groh will use the material to produce raw veneer for customers, or semi-finished spliced, fleece-backed variants.

“I firmly believe birch burl veneer has a strong future,” said managing director Axel Groh. “The wood is pale and light and not at all dominant and it’s particularly suitable for large surfaces and objects.”