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Book matching boards means taking two boards sawn sequentially from a tree and opening them up similar to opening a book.  This yields a matched pair of boards that can make excellent looking wider panels or a wide tabletop.  Here is an example, first in the rough boards, then in a finished 4′ x 12′ conference tabletop.


We look for sequential boards in all the panel material we purchase and make an effort to purchase sets  of boards from the same log, specifically book matched sets.  We believe that seeing the symmetry in a book match reinforces the grain and beauty in the wood, making it more than the sum of its parts.  The echo of shape, color and form serves to make a stronger statement than either board could do on its own.

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