Once cut, veneer leaves are selected and matched as required. Each leaf is slightly different but related to adjacent leaves, so that different forms of matching can be achieved. The gradual change of grain through the log gives veneers their special quality of subtle variations.
Because of this selection and matching of veneers for each job is a skilled task. The art of veneer matching is to make use of the natural repeat of the grain of the wood from leaf to leaf; the leaves or slices of veneer are arranged to form a variety of different decorative patterns and effects in keeping with the grain characteristics of the particular species.