Louro Faia/Silky Oak Veneered Panels & Jointed Veneer
Also called Catucaem, Brazilian Lacewood, Silky Oak, and Selena, Louro Faia is found across Central and South America, especially Ecuador and Brazil
Louro Faia is very similar in appearance to Australian Silky Oak, which has now become very scarce and protected in most areas - the fact that Louro Faia is more readily available has led to it taking the place of Australian supplies almost exclusively.
The heartwood is brown to reddish brown with a slight pink tinge, or pale pink to medium brown when freshly cut, maturing to a brownish colour with age, and clearly demarcated from the narrow sapwood, which is almost white in colour. Quarter cutting Louro Faia veneer accentuates the strong silver medullary ray figure, which is similar in appearance toquartered European Plane (commonly calledLacewood) - this figure can vary up to finger nail size or in some cases become elongated across the veneer face.
The grain is generally straight, sometimes irregular and Louro Faia also contains a resin content. Finishing and gluing for interior uses performs well and the wood is lustrous with excellent polishing properties.
Passing the veneers through an ammonia kiln changes the colour to a rich, dark brown and accentuates the grain pattern in a process that is more UV stable than changing the colour with stain or dyes. This product is then called 'Fumed Louro Faia', or sometimes by the name 'Fumed Silky Oak'