#84: Lacewood

Bird number: 117
Date: November 19, 2012
Wood: Lacewood (Cardwellia sublimis)
Source: Woodcraft store

I figured that, since I picked up some Satinwood, I might as well pick up some Lacewood to go along with it. Like the Satinwood, there are several species referred to as “Lacewood.” I’m fairly certain that this is Cardwellia (Northern Silky Oak), but I could be wrong. It’s possible that this is one of the South American species.

The grain pattern is reminiscent of American Sycamore, but the color is quite different.

I enjoyed working with this wood, and didn’t suffer any allergic reactions. Some people, including a member of the group I carve with from time to time, have severe reactions. My friend reacted so badly that he had to get somebody else to clean up his shop, empty all the dust filters, wipe down all of his equipment, and remove all of the remaining Lacewood. He said that this is the first wood he’s had a serious reaction to.

When it comes to wood allergies, especially contact allergies, everybody’s different.

The wood is medium dense, easy to work, and takes a really nice finish.