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Wood & Veneers

Precious woods of the world

Among the things that these fine woods are known for are: a beautiful and expressive color, striking color contrasts, amazing veins, and other unique embossing effects, especially when compared to “normal” appearing wood. Other characteristics of the wood include a noticeable heft, a high-density, a special resistance to pests, rarity, and a high value. 

The native or exotic woods can be customized to match the furniture in your apartment or serve as a conversation piece in a room. The exclusive wood veneers create a naturally pleasing aesthetic. One refers to thin wood sheets as veneer, which are further processed for different purposes. The word veneer was borrowed in the 16th Century, from the French word “fournir” (meaning to equip or supply). It referred to the process of covering wood with fine thin wooden sheets. The veneer technique was invented in 2900 B.C. by the Egyptians. In Egypt, precious woods were rare. This forced the Egyptians to adopt an economical processing model. Consequently, they cut the wood into thin slats. In 1922, pieces of veneered furniture were found in the grave of King Tutankhamen. Just as no two leaves on a tree are completely identical, no two sheets of veneer share the exact same appearance either. Signs like coarse or fine grain, bird-eyes and gristles, connations or color nuances have her origin in the growth of the tree. There are not to be looked as a mistake, but a specific feature of the natural material wood. The only guarantee for genuineness and, therefore impossible as a complaint reason. The shown patterns are only one guidance for the approximate color, pattern and structures. Deviations are possible and normal for a natural raw material.
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Diffrent woods

Light veneers

Curly Maple


Plain Sycamore

Figured Sycamore



Hard Maple




White Ash



Cembra pine




European Lacewood



Medium Tone veneers

Knotty oak



Swietenia mahogany

Aspen - Grisard


European Cherry


Red Alder




Olive Ash

American Walnut




Plum Tree

zebra Wood - zebrano

Tulip Tree

Dark veneers


Sapeli Mahogani

Silky Oak

Satin Walnut

GonCalo Alves


Camphor Burl


Figured Macore


Brown Oak



Black Figured LimBa



European Walnut burl




Exclusive Veneers

Quiltet MaPLE

Sycamore - Maple crotch

Birds Eye MAPLE

Olive Ash Burl

Birch Burl

Oak Crotch

Cerejeira pyramid

Oak burl

Amboyna burl

Eucalyptus Pommele

Madrone burl

Pyramid mahogany

Sapeli Pommele

Santos Palisander

Tigerwood - Etimoe

Golden Madrone

Queensland Walnut

White ebony

African Ebony

The world of veneers

Growth characteristics

Each type of wood and each piece of wood has individual growth characteristics; therefore, each veneered Gerber humidor is also truly unique. These growth characteristics are not defects, but typical of wood.

Every tree and every type of wood has individual characteristics, such as special grains, small knot growths or interesting color variations. They contribute significantly to its characteristic surface of our Gerber cigar cabinets.


Steamed veneers

Maple, beech or other, especially light-colored, veneers can be produced unsteamed and steamed. By the so-called boiling in hot water two effects are achieved: The wood is given the necessary suppleness to ensure a perfect finishing quality. And the duration of the boiling or steaming process affects the color of the veneer. With some woods, there may be slight pinkish tones in the wood. This ensures the uniqueness and the worldwide unique quality for a genuine Gerber humidor – the best for the best cigar storage.


Smoked veneers

Smoking is a staining process used as early as 150 years ago. It involves steaming the wood with ammonia. All woods rich in tannins, such as oak, pine, larch, service tree, apple tree and Douglas fir are suitable for smoking.

The reaction of the acid in the wood with ammonia as a base produces the dark coloration. The discoloration remains absolutely stable to aging and as far as possible to light. Veneers such as smoked oak or smoked eucalyptus are particularly popular with Gerber Humidor customers. Wonderful unique pieces are created for cigar lovers that offer the best in cigar storage worldwide.



The joining of successive veneer sheets of a bundle or a whole log to form a larger veneer surface is called veneer unwinding or veneer sequence. Most popular for processing fine Gerber humidor woods is the technique of tumbling.
In the process of overturning, the veneers are selected and assembled so that two sheets of veneer face each other in a mirror image (similar to an open book, hence the term „bookmatch“ in English). The mirror image effect is particularly prominent when vividly grained veneers are selected.


Source: IFN, Initiative Veneer and Nature,