Lace Wood

Lace Wood
Lace Wood, also called Brazilian Lacewood and South American Lacewood (scientific name: Panopsisrubescens and P. sessilifolia), has a heartwood of red-brown color with pale brown rays. There is obvious flecking, which gives the wood its name.Its texture is coarse and uneven, and grain is generally straight.

When quarter cut/sawn a lace pattern is seen. Flecks are largest when quarter cut because of wide medullary rays.

Lace Wood is commonly found in tropical South America. It is not durable and prone to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

3,740 N(840 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

580 kg/m3(36.2 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Fairly easy to work with hand tools and machine tools. It is good with glues and stains and finishes well. Prone to tear-out during planing. Certain species of wood also have a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges.


Pricing / Availability

For imported variants of lacewood, the prices are usually moderate-high but it largely depends on the particular species of lacewood in question.



It is not mentioned on the IUCN’s Red List and in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

It is generally used for cabinetry and veneer, with premium variants of lacewood also being used to manufacture refined furniture and high-end musical instruments.

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