Lacewood has a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. The wood itself is a reddish brown color with grey or light brown rays, which result in a lace pattern when quartersawn. Like other woods that exhibit the strongest figure in quarter sawn pieces, such as Sycamore, Lacewood has the most pronounced figure and displays the largest flecks when perfectly quartersawn. This flecking is due to the wood’s wide medullary rays, whose layout can be seen the clearest when looking at the end grain. Lacewood has a fairly coarse and uneven texture, due to the difference in densities between the regular wood tissue and the rays, but usually has a straight grain.
Average Dried Weight:
36.2 lbs/ft3 (580 kg/m3)
Lacewood is overall a fairly easy wood to work with, taking glues, stains, and finishes well, though there may be some difficulty in planing, where tearout may occur. Some species of lacewood can also have a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges.