Finally joining verbatim in her Wiki Wednesday fun.
Time to learn something!
1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. Click on "Random article" in the left-hand sidebar box.
3. Post it!
Tunbridge ware is a form of decoratively inlaid woodwork characteristic of Tonbridge and the spa town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent in the 18th and 19th centuries. The decoration typically comprises a mosaic of many very small pieces of different coloured woods that form a pictorial vignette. Shaped rods and slivers of wood were first carefully glued together, then cut into many thin slices of identical pictorial veneer with a fine saw. Elaborately striped and feathered bandings for framing were pre-formed in a similar fashion.
There is a good collection of Tunbridge ware in the museum in Tunbridge Wells.
Looks like if I've inspired you to own some of this fine woodworking, you can head on over the eBay and snatch it for a mere pittance.