End grain veneering mustn’t be all common. I have only seen two examples and those two sightings were a year apart. And it looks exactly like this:
There is an online article about making end grain drawer fronts by Matt Kenney of Fine Woodworking HERE.
Another use of end grain is a style of decoration called oystering or oyster veneering. Oystering uses slices of tree branches to create patterns. This is believed to have developed by the English in the mid 17th century. And this an interesting example:
THIS is a link to a Wikipedia article (fragment) on oystering. The article references a 2004 Fine Woodworking article by Silas Kopf titled Making Oysters for Veneering. I haven’t found it online so you might have to go to the DVD. Or a library. Or your woodworking friend. You know, the hoarder.
Things being what they are, I think I should start befriending some members of the Fine Woodworking staff.
Matt, call me…