Specs of available Lacewood & Leopard Wood lumber vary throughout the year.
About Silky Oak - Lacewood
The species: Lacewood - Silky Oak, and Leopard Wood lumber are from trees that are native to Australia and Brazil. Also known as Fishtail Oak due to the rippling flecks in the grain, it is prized for its decorative qualities.
The wood:Leopard Wood has characteristic flecking that gives this wood its name. The wood color is medium to dark reddish brown with grey or light brown flecks - like the spots of a leopard. The figuration and displays of flecks are the most pronounced in quarter sawn wood, particularly noticeable in the endgrain. Rift sawn Leopard Wood displays a more lacy, longitudinal figuration in the grain, as illustrated in the photo above. Leopard Wood is sometimes confused with Lacewood, but the latter is not as dark, dense or heavy as Leopard Wood.
Uses: The inherent decorative properties of Leopard Wood lumber make it a prized choice for veneer, cabinet making, furniture, musical instruments), and turned objects.
Sourcing: It is becoming difficult to obtain Australia Leopard Wood. Since the origins of both the Australian and Brazilian species were a single proto-species - possibly as far back as the times of Pangea - we rely on the Brazilian species to supplement our Leopard Wood lumber inventory.