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?
Boatyard Ruotsalainen from Nurmes has built wooden boats of VENDIA marine plank among the first boatbuilders in Finland. Ruotsalainen has built wooden boats over 30 years, so he was very interested in this new type of marine plank and he also saw it as a welcome novelty in addition to traditional plywood. Now Ruotsalainen has built two boats of VENDIA marine plank and his experiences have been great. Also his customers have liked the end result and especially they have been taken to the appearance of the marine plank.
The first boat made of VENDIA marine plank was built at the Ingman College of Crafts and Design in January 2014. A new type of marine plank received a great interest and it was seen as a welcome novelty in addition to the traditional plywood. At first glance VENDIA is incredibly beautiful as a material, describes Ilmo Koivisto, the builder of first VENDIA boat. The VENDIA marine plank is beautiful and knot-free pine, which has been difficult to find as a material for boat building.