Brazilian Lacewood is one of the most special woods, both acoustic and visually. Its grain is very similar to the skin of some reptiles, what makes this wood in a very particular one. However, this wood presents some problems to be manipulated, so even if it’s a good option for classic guitar, we must take care when curving the sides. In addition, it’s very porous, so it’s necessary to use a big amount of material for cover pores.
But when working gently this wood, this Brazilian Lacewood sides for classic guitar of Maderas Barber, will delight those luthiers who love exotic woods.
BOTANIC NAME: Nectandra rubra
COMMON NAMES: Brazilian Lacewood, Louro Faia, Leopardwood, Brazilian Silky Oak.
ORIGIN: Tropical South America.
DESCRIPTION: Density 885 Kg/m3. Has a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. It has a reddish brown with grey or light brown rays, which result in a lace pattern when quarter sawn. The grain is usually straight. Fine to medium texture.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy wood to work with. Easy gluing and finishing.
DRYING: Drying process is slow and must be done carefully.
USES: Laminated guitar backs and sides. “Cajon flamenco”.