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Text and Photos from Bentley Singapore | 31 August 2016
At an exclusive media workshop held on 31st of August, sgCarMart got up close and technical with Mr. Dave Maddock, a master of wood veneers at the Bentley Motors factory in Crewe, U.K.
A master of wood veneers at the Bentley Motors factory in Crewe, Mr. Dave Maddock has been with Bentley for more than 40 years. He started out in the main machine shop where he learned the skills required to produce the crankshaft that is still used in the Bentley Mulsanne till today.

Mr. Maddock has a wealth of experience, having spent time in the electrical department and vent shop previously before he discovered his penchant for wood.

At the wood shop, Mr. Maddock and his team apply layers of wood veneer in perfect mirror images to opposite sides of the car interiors. In addition, they also work closely with the design engineers in producing development prototypes, bringing images from the drawing board to reality.

The veneers used to create that beautiful mirror-matched finish comes from trees of up to 80-years old. Every piece is checked for quality before it makes it into the wood shop, where it is painstakingly fitted to the wooden substrate by hand.

Five layers of clear lacquer are applied to every veneer, each one polished before the next layer can be added. In all, a Mulsanne's interior takes 170 hours to perfect - time that simply must be invested to achieve perfection. 

Another thing we learnt was that the interior of the Mulsanne comes from a solid piece of wood and carved by Bentley's own cabinet makers. The substrates on which the veneers sit on are carved from walnut, cheery or oak, depending on the type of veneer.

Held on the 30th of August, the event is part of a series of exclusive media workshops held by Bentley at their showroom located at 45 Leng Kee Road.

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