Lacewood
Formal Name: Roupala brasiliensis

Other Names: Leopardwood, Lacewood, Brazilian Lacewood, South American Lacewood


Wood Description

The sapwood of lacewood is cream colored and well defined. The heartwood varies in color from pinkish-brown to an orange-brown, which darkens on exposure. The highly figured interlocked, lace-like grain pattern is one of the most unusual of all exotic woods. Lacewood grain varies from straight to wavy and has a fine to medium-coarse texture. The large rays, which produce the unusual figure, are highly visible on quartered faces.

Region

This species of lacewood is found in Brazil, South America.

Working Properties

Lacewood is a medium-strength wood that has excellent steam bending properties. The interlocking, moderately coarse grain of lacewood can have a blunting effect on cutting edges, but otherwise works well with hand and machine tools. The cell cross-sections and prominent rays, which contribute to the lace-like appearance of the wood, can make it difficult to achieve a completely smooth finish when sanding, and often can raise above the surface when finishing. Lacewood has good gluing properties and can be nailed or screwed without pre-boring.

Main Uses

The unusual markings of lacewood make it popular for turnings, musical instruments, decorative accessories, veneers, flooring, paneling, and also for marquetry.

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