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Leopardwood

Species
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Imported
4/4
8/4
Hardwood
Cabinetry
Veneer
Turned Objects
Medium
Application
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Lumber

Leopardwood is frequently confused with Lacewood, and is sometimes referred to as such. In its vaguest sense, the term “Lacewood” is used to describe any wood that displays figuring that resembles lace, (which would technically include Leopardwood). Attempts to identify a specific board macroscopically may be difficult. Two Australian species, Northern Silky Oak (Cardwellia sublimis), and Southern Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta) can both look very similar, and are sometimes sold as Australian Lacewood.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Central and South America

Scientific Name

Roupala montana (syn. R. brasiliense)

Specific Gravity: Basic 

0.73

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.89

Janka Hardness

2,150 lbf (9,560 N)

Colour/Appearance

Has a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. The wood itself is a medium to dark reddish brown with grey or light brown rays, which resemble the spots of a leopard. Like other woods that exhibit the strongest figure in quartersawn pieces, (such as Sycamore), Leopardwood has the most pronounced figure and displays the largest flecks when perfectly quartersawn; this is due to the wood’s wide medullary rays, whose layout can be seen the clearest when looking at the endgrain.

Grain/Texture

Has a fairly coarse texture and straight grain.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; small to medium pores in tangential rows; solitary and tangential multiples of 2-3; deposits in heartwood occasionally present; growth rings indistinct; very wide rays easily visible without lens; parenchyma banded, diffuse-in-aggregates.

Rot Resistance

Most species are reported to be very durable regarding decay resistance.

Workability

Fairly difficult to work because of its high density and tendency to tearout during planing. Leopardwood glues and finishes well.

Odor

No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity

Although there have been no adverse health effects reported for Lacewood in the Roupala genus, several other genera in the Proteaceae family have been reported to cause eye and skin irritation.

Pricing/Availability

Prices for Leopardwood tend to be medium to high for an imported wood.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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