Thurmanite® is a composite material made of layers of paper bonded together with eco-resin, and then carved, sanded, and polished to reveal patterning similar to woodgrain.  It is an extremely labor intensive process because each layer of paper must be individually coated with resin to ensure a solid bond which is required for overall strength and integrity of the material.  After lamination and full curing, the billet of material can be worked in a way similar to wood or plastic. Once shaped and polished, Thurmanite® can either be used as a component within larger pieces of jewelry or as its own completed object.  

Thurmanite®