Bookmatched wood grain

In fine woodworking, bookmatching is the practice of matching two wood surfaces in a way that two adjoining surfaces mirror each other, giving the impression of an opened book. It's a mark of fine craftsmanship among master woodworkers.

The technique is used to beautify a variety of objects such as furniture, violins, guitars 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. The final effect varies with the figure of the wood chosen 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.

Hardwood Urn Co. uses bookmatching on the lids of urns, and also uses a special technique to bookmatch woodgrain as it wraps around the sides of the urn. It's just one of the special marks of artisan quality on a Hardwood Urn.