Brazilian Lacewood is one of the most special woods, both for its sound and appearance. Its growth rings present a very similar draw to some reptiles skin or lace fabric. But it’s also important to know that its precious forms and shapes mean that it’s hard to work with as well as making the rings bending. Besides, it’s a very porous wood that needs a filler products when working with it. So if you are an exotic lover, choosing this wood for the guitar sides is always a win, if you treat them carefully.
BOTANICAL NAME: Roupala brasiliensis, Roupala Montana.
COMMERCIAL NAMES: Brazilian Lacewood, Louro Faia, Leopardwood, Brazilian Silky Oak.
ORIGIN: Tropical South America.
DESCRIPTION: 885 kg/ m3 density wood.The colour of this wood changes from dark pink to reddish brown and shows a pattern of little rounded or oval marks. Its exotic appearance it’s usually related to reptile skins. The grain is usually straight.
SUGGESTIONS: Machining has no difficulty, same as gluing and finishing.
DRYING: Drying time is slow and the process needs to be careful because it can be easy to deform.
USES: Used for plated pieces for Sides, Backs and Flamenco boxes.