But I was surprised when asked to make this little box out of lacewood. That's not a common wood, especially here in America. I've met very few people who are aware that a wood called lacewood exists, fewer still who know what it looks like. I imagine that's not the case in Australia, where it originates, or in South America, where it is sometimes grown, but here, in the states, it's an unusual request.
And it is
one of my favorites. I've used it in numerous boxes, and have always been drawn to its figure, the wide flecks of medullary rays, and its color, somewhere between red, orange and brown.
So I was happy to hear that a lacewood box was desired. But still curious. Why lacewood?