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Bookmatched maple violin back

Bookmatching is the practice of matching two (or more) wood or stone surfaces, so that two adjoining surfaces mirror each other, giving the impression of an opened book.[1]

As applied to wood, bookmatching is usually done with veneer (produced in one of several ways), but can also be done with solid wood. The technique is used to beautify a variety of objects such as furniture, violins, guitars[2] or the interior of high-luxury cars. The two adjoining surfaces are produced from the same piece of wood, so that they have (almost) exactly the same appearance, but mirrored.[3] The final effect varies with the figure of the wood chosen[4] and can range from extremely subtle (so that the two surfaces almost appear to be a single piece of wood), to dramatic effects with wavy grain showcased, as in high-end guitars.[5]

Bookmatching is also possible with marble or other patterned stone.[6][7]

Bookmatched onyx at the Barcelona Pavilion

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  1. ^ "5 things you should know about bookmatching stone". Pacific Shore Stones. 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  2. ^ Woodworks, Westfarthing (2017-03-10). "Bookmatching the Plates – Guitar Making Tip". Westfarthing Woodworks. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  3. ^ "The Art of Bookmatching". David Scott. 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  4. ^ "Make Book-Matched Panels | Band Saw | Resaw | Woodworking". Woodworking | Blog | Videos | Plans | How To. 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  5. ^ "The Short Story on Book-Matched Panels". WOOD Magazine. 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  6. ^ "Global Granite & Marble :: FAQ". Archived from the original on 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  7. ^ "The Art of Bookmatching". David Scott. 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2019-05-23.

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