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Panopsis rubellens

Panopsis rubellens of the family Proteaceae. This South American wood has an appearance VERY similar to Roupala brasiliense (South American lacewood) but can often be distinguished from it with a small amount of experience --- it is darker brown in color and is harder and heavier and with a noticibly finer texture. It is sometimes called lacewood just as lacewood is sometimes called leopardwood. The two woods Panopsis rubescens and Roupala brasiliense often confused with each other, because they share both common names and characteristics. More on that in the this link:

An illustrated discussion on the confusion among the names
lacewood, leopardwood, planetree, sycamore, silky oak and others

my samples:

sample piece and end grain listed as leopardwood / Roupala brasiliensis

end grain closeup of the sample piece directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

both sides of a sample plank of leopardwood / Roupala brasiliensis --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.

end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above

END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

NOT a raw wood color
sample plank, with a finishing agent, shot in a woodworking store. HUGE enlargements are present

plank and closeup

"special figure" plank (details below)

another "special figure" plank and closeup (details below)

small plank cut from the larger "special figure" plank above and shown along with a normal plank. The "special figure" plank doesn't look like normal leopard wood at all and the reason seems to be the broken rays shown directly below

end grain of the "special figure" plank showing the discontinuous rays --- compare this to the 4 planks shown directly below, all of which have normal (continuous) rays). Also shown is the END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece

end grain of several planks; details below. The right-most plank is the "special figure" one and its end grain closeup is shown in the set above

end grain closeup of 4 of the 5 planks shown in the single pic directly above






a set of small planks and a closeup

planks and a closeup photographed at a woodworking store --- really big enlargements are present

web pics:

end grain --- the first pic has a ridiculous black color


planks listed as leopardwood / Panopsis rubellens

plank and closeup

turning stock

waxed turning stock listed as leopardwood / Panopsis rubellens

plank and closeup

planks and closeup

knife handle scales

pen blanks

veneer --- this doesn't look anything like the planks and I believe it is an unrelated spiecs that is widely called leopard wood (I've seen this veneer sold by at least 3 vendors), but I'm not sure yet WHAT species it is. One of the joys of "common" wood names.

guitar by Gregory Pizzeck; enlargements are present

shaker set

bowls by Bryan Nelson (NelsonWood). Bryan fine-polishes his bowls with 1200 or even higher grit sandpaper while they are spinning at high speed on the lathe and then finishes them there with a friction polish of his own devising, thus achieving a shine and color vibrancy that is beautiful to behold. I believe these bowls are all about 5" across.

pen turned from leopardwood / Roupala brasiliensis. Photograph contributed to the site by the pen turner, Bruce Selyem, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The pen is finished with ca glue.