“Figure” is the wavy textures across the face of the wood veneer. Different Figure Types give the impression of an uneven surface even though it is flat and smooth. The effect is due to reflected light on the uneven arrangements of the veneer’s fibers.
Figuring may be a result of wrinkling or bending of the growth rings. This can be due to wind, uneven bark pressure, indention on the surface of the tree by vines, fungi, etc. The value of wood can increase greatly when figuring is present.