March 27, 2015

VENDIA at Kallavesj’ 2015 exhibition

VENDIA will be at Kallavesj’ 2015 exhibition in Kuopio, Finland from 10th to 12th April. Kallavesj’ 2015 is a fair for boating, tourism, and leisure time so there will be something to see to whole family. On VENDIA’s presentation stand you will get to know to VENDIA marine plank and other products from VENDIA product family. There will be also the next generation VENDIA marina plank, VENDIA Pro, which was introduced at Helsinki International Boat Show in February 2015. 

You will find us from the section A9. There is also Boatyard Ruotsalainen in the same section. There are two boats made of VENDIA marine plank on view on their presentation stand – one traditional rowing boat and one motorboat. 

vendia, wooden boat, boat show

The entrance is free, so welcome to see our products and also to see how finished boat made of VENDIA looks like!

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March 23, 2015

VENDIA bends also in the hands of beginners

Many people dream of building an own wooden boat but many of us wonder the lack of experience. Building a wooden boat is fine handicraft but at the same time it is demanding work, so different kind of boatbuilding courses are excellent places for the beginners to build the first wooden boat. For example in Finland the local adult education centres arrange boatbuilding courses for the beginners. There is a professional teacher on the course who teaches the boatbuilding step by step. Also the materials and drawings are arranged on behalf of the course so it is easy to start the boatbuilding. And what’s more, at the end of the course the hard work is rewarded with a self-made wooden boat.

boatbuilding wooden boat
Many boatbuilding courses have taken VENDIA marine plank as a material for their courses, so we have had the possibility to follow the progress of these courses and completion the boats. In July 2014 we wrote about the boatbuilding course held in Sorsakoski, Finland. On February-March there was another boatbuilding course in Sorsakoski where VENDIA was used as a material. VENDIA marine plank has been chosen as a material for a number of boatbuilding courses because for the beginners VENDIA is pleasant to work with. Because of the structure VENDIA marine plank bends regularly and it doesn’t crack. Also the shaving and jointing are easier for the beginners because VENDIA’s face veneer is always thicker than the core veneers. Another feature that helps working the joints is another lengthwise veneer below the face veneer. Due to these features VENDIA has received a positive response also from the rookie boatbuilders.

boatbuilding wooden boat

boatbuilding wooden boat
Boatbuilding courses for beginners have been very popular in Finland and there are more people willing to participate on the courses than there are courses available. If your dream is to build your own boat but there is no such a course in your place, gather a group of friends and ask for example your local adult education centre to organize a boatbuilding course. Experiences so far have shown that a teacher, materials and place are easy to arrange with a little effort.

boatbuilding wooden boat
The course participants from left Markku Alaraudanjoki, Kari Luostarinen, Markku Holopainen, Eerik Oresmaa, Seppo Viinikainen, Einari Oresmaa, Heikki Hiltunen, Raimo Voutilainen and Ilmo Koivisto.
Our previous posts about boatbuilding courses can be found from here and here.    

March 13, 2015

Next generation of VENDIA marine plank

The new version of VENDIA marine plank, VENDIA Pro, was introduced at Helsinki International Boat Show on February 2015. Thinner cross veneers and extra lengthwise core veneer are the differences compared to the first generation of VENDIA marine plank. The new structure still ensures that the plank does not crack and the thinner cross veneers make the edge even tighter and increase the longitudinal stiffness of the marine plank. Thickness of VENDIA Pro is 9 mm but it meets the longitudinal stiffness of 12 mm solid plank. 

Compared to the first generation of 9 mm VENDIA marine plank, VENDIA Pro has eight veneer layers in total instead of seven in the normal VENDIA marine plank. VENDIA Pro consists of six lengthwise and two cross veneers, whereas normal 9 mm VENDIA marine plank consists of five lengthwise and two cross veneers. Lengthwise core veneers are still 1.2 mm thick in VENDIA Pro but cross veneers are now thinner, only 0.6 mm. In the normal VENDIA marine plank all the cross veneers are 1.2 mm thick. Face veneer thickness is 1.5 mm in both, normal VENDIA and VENDIA Pro. All the veneers are sliced.

First comments from the boatbuilders who have tested VENDIA Pro have been very positive. As one of the boatbuilders said: “I don’t know how a marine plank could be any better.”

Try VENDIA Pro yourself - now available on VENDIAstore!

March 09, 2015

Sliced veneer vs. peeled veneer

Many people have asked what is the difference between VENDIA marine plank and normal plywood. We will introduce more detailed the differences and features of VENDIA and normal plywood in a separate posting, but today we are introducing the differences in making the veneers. 

The both, VENDIA and normal plywood are made of veneer but the most significant difference is the way how the veneer is cut. VENDIA marine plank is made of sliced veneers whereas plywood is made of peeled veneers. What is the difference between sliced veneer and peeled veneer then?


Sliced veneer is made by shaving veneer sheets from the log. By slicing, the grain pattern will remain natural. Also the veneer surface remains unbroken and it doesn’t include small micro-cracks such as in veneer made by peeling. The features of sliced veneer are better than peeled veneer, and therefore it is often used for more demanding purposes. The appearance of the veneer depends on the cutting direction. The face veneers of quarter cut VENDIA marine plank are sliced radially and face veneers of crown cut VENDIA are sliced tangentially. Appearance of radially sliced veneer is straighter and more regular than tangentially sliced veneer.

Surface of the sliced veneer remains unbroken.

Surface of the peeled veneer includes small cracks.

Peeling is cost-effective method to make veneers. When peeling, the log is rotating against a stationary blade. This method produces continuous “rug” of veneer. The veneer is curved and it has to be flattened before using, at the same time causing small micro-cracks on the surface of the veneer. This weakens the longevity and life of the veneer. Also the finishing is more difficult than in sliced veneer. The blade slices through growth rings and then the appearance of the veneer is not so natural than in sliced veneer.

Crown cut VENDIA marine plank.

Quarter cut VENDIA marine plank.

The most significant disadvantages of peeled veneer for boatbuilding are the small micro-cracks. The small micro-cracks of peeled veneer expose the plywood panel to decay fungi. As a result the paint or varnish can be damaged over the time. These small cracks allow also the water absorption to the traditional marine plywood. The most important advantages of sliced veneer for VENDIA marine plank are the beautiful and natural appearance and longevity.

March 01, 2015

Helsinki International Boat Show 2015

VENDIA had busy 10 days in Helsinki when over 73 000 people visited Vene Båt 2015 fair on 6.-15.2.2015. There was a constant bustle at wooden boat section. It was nice to note that wooden boats still interest people and wood as a natural material is even on the up and up from previous years. Many of the visitors sighed how wonderful the wood smells.

VENDIA marine plank as a new product attracted lots of attention and genuine interest among the fair visitors. In addition to marine plank there were also other VENDIA products and two boats made of VENDIA marine plank on view. These boats intrigued people because they emphasized the traditional craftsmanship and beautiful material. The fair visitors admired that VENDIA marine plank looks like a solid wood but thanks to the knot-free surface it is more beautiful. Advantage is also that because of the plank structure VENDIA doesn’t crack and it is more durable than the solid plank. As one of the fair visitors said: “I don’t see any problem if the boat looks beautiful.”

Technical features of VENDIA marine plank interested a lot the people who visited VENDIA’s presentation stand. Differences between sliced and peeled veneer, characteristics of VENDIA marine plank and plywood, glue, raw material, bending performance of the plank and impregnates for wooden boats were the topics of the questions. We would like to share these important features of VENDIA marine plank more detailed also to the readers of this blog. Inspired by these questions we will present a series in which we will describe these technical characteristics of VENDIA marine plank. In the next blog post we will introduce the differences between sliced and peeled veneer.