Technique & tradition

The manufacturing process at Mehling & Wiesmann

Buying

Our log buyers Richard Weis, Walter Künzinger, Yannic Fischer and Stephanie Weis examine and classify every log prior to purchase. For this, they are traveling all over Germany, France and Austria during the buying season.

Log transport

The trunks for which Mehling & Wiesmann received the bid acceptance are collected in the forests by our truck driver Anton Knapp and brought to our log yard.

Log yard

We continuously sprinkle the quality timber with water so that it remains moist. So we are able to prevent changes in color and cracking of the wood.

Cutting to length

Here, our wood experts decide on the further processing of the logs into veneers, sawn timber or tabletops. Moreover, the logs are marked for subsequent sawing.

Steaming pit

Our chief Elmar Wendel dips the debarked logs into the steaming pits filled with hot water. There, the logs are cooking or steaming several days in order to achieve the necessary pliability for a smooth cut on the slicing machine. On top of this, we herewith also influence the color of the veneer.

Slicing machines

With two slicing machines we cut the wood into thin layers of 0.6 – 4.5mm. Our experienced operators are real masters on the machines and adjust them exactly. This requires precise work, experience and it is a matter of millimeters. Only this way we obtain first-class quality we stand for.

Veneer drying

The wet veneers are dried in huge belt dryers with different temperatures and throughput times. In particular the mild, light Spessart oak and the thick veneers prefer traditional air drying. We are superbly equipped with our highly efficient air dryer.

What really makes the difference:

Our experience and our staff.

Pressing

A thru-feed press smoothes the veneers and simplifies further processing. After that, the veneers are photographed in layers and stored.

Scissor

AWhen the veneers are dry they are properly bundled and cut. The edges are straightened. The bundles are measured and labeled by a fully-automatic measuring system with adjustment to the millimeter.

Warehouse

This is the heart of our factory where Alexander Fiedler, our veneer salesman, and his team pre-grade the veneers towards qualities, lengths and wood types. In many cases this is already done according to customer’s specifications.