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Australian Lacewood (Allocasuarina Fraseriana - Fraser's Sheoak - Condil)
The distinctive medullary structure of Australian lacewood makes it an attractive choice of timber for special projects. Like London Plane the rays are very tight in the quartersawn section, perfect for smaller peices where the fine detail can be appreciated, and larger in the plain sawn orientation, giving a bolder figure that can be appreciated from a distance.
Lacewood has a fine and even texture, dark orange-red to brown heartwood that like Padauk becomes darker and richer with exposure to UV, with broad medullary rays. Historically it was the first Australian timber selected to repair ships, the shipwrights found it to be slightly less strong than the English oak they were used to - hence the name sheoak. It was also used in the manufacture of casks and kegs. Today it is more commonly used in furniture, wood turning and is a favoured timber for guitar and instrument making as well as a popular choice for inlaying and boxmaking.