Lacewood – Total Wood Species Guide

PROS: It has the most stunning figuring that I’ve ever seen. It is a medium hard wood. It is very stable under average moisture conditions. The wood has a fairly high resistance to decay. It can appear golden brown or light pink and would make for an interesting boarder. The wood is very lustrous and sometimes it is almost iridescent. The grain is small and flaky. The grain can appear as a multitude of “eyes” or decorative flecks. Lacewood’s unique patterning makes it very suitable as an accent because it can provide a very interesting contrast. Lacewood flooring takes nails very well. It also accepts finishes well. It is a durable wood that works well for heavy foot traffic. The wood is fairly light in weight and holds stains well. Lacewood makes a beautiful floor because of its attractive and figurative grain patterns. Brazilian lacewood is darker and heavier than Austarlian lacewood.

CONS: It is extremely expensive often costing over 14 dollars per square foot. The cost is high because of the shipping. It is really only suitable for borders and accents. You have to be very careful when you work with Australian lacewood. The sawdust may cause skin irritations and respiratory problems. It is better to buy this wood as prefinished flooring to avoid working with the sawdust.

TREE FACTS: There are two varieties of lacewood. One is native to Brazil and grown in Central and South America. The other is grown in Australia. Lacewood is part of the oak family.