1) A pink wood with a distinctive ornamental figuring obtained from the lacewood tree, Cadwellia sublimis. Lacewood is native to Australia. It has a straight grain and coarse texture that is similar to oak. Lacewood has a silver sheen and is used for veneer, inlays, cabinetry, flooring, boxes, and furniture. Also called silky oak, selano.
2) A reddish brown wood quartersawed from sycamore trees (Platanus orientalis) native to the eastern United States and southern Europe. It is sold commercially as lacewood because the quartersawed wood has a grain pattern with characteristic flake-shaped markings. The surface is fine-grain and it polishes to a high gloss. The wood is used for tool handles, furniture, flooring, and veneer.
Synonyms and Related Terms
lace wood; 1. Cadwellia sublimis; silky oak; selano; 2. Platanus orientalis; platano (It.); sycamore; Oriental plane
1. specific gravity = 0.60 (air dry); weight = 37 ppcf
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Plane (Accessed Dec. 9, 2005)