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LEOPARD / LEOPARDWOOD

Panopsis rubescens

Panopsis rubescens of the family Proteaceae. This South American wood has an appearance VERY similar to Roupala montana (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 montana 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


A NOTE ABOUT NAMES FOR LEOPARDWOOD
After much research and consultation with numerous knowledgeable wood people, this is my conclusion on the botanical names used for leopardwood and Brazilian lacewood:



my samples:


sample piece and end grain sold to me as leopardwood / Roupala brasiliensis. SEE THE NOTE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE ABOUT NAMES. This SHOULD be leopardwood / Roupala montana


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. SEE THE NOTE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE ABOUT NAMES. This SHOULD be leopardwood / Roupala montana


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


planks


planks


plank


plank


plank


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


planks listed as leopardwood / Panopsis rubellens. Note that this SHOULD be Panopsis rubescens


plank and closeup


turning stock


waxed turning stock listed as leopardwood / Panopsis rubellens. Note that this SHOULD be Panopsis rubescens


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. Note that this SHOULD be Panopsis rubescens