Mahogany

Mahogany - Tropical hardwood

Honduran Mahogany | Janka Hardness: 900lbf

Under the blanket term “mahogany,” there are five different species that fall under the tropical hardwood name, though for our purposes we really only focus on Honduran Mahogany. When most people think of mahogany, nine times out of ten, Honduran Mahogany is the wood in mind. Also known as Genuine Mahogany, Honduran Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) is native to Central America, and has become such a highly desired wood, it is primarily sourced from plantations (in 2003, it was included to CITES Appendix II—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora—effectively eliminating the use of trees not sustainably grown).

Known for its rich, dark and warm hues and texture, as well as its strength and resistance to rot, Mahogany is a praised wood for its use in furniture, boats and for musical instruments. Mahogany has few knots or voids, giving the wood a smooth, even grain pattern that often swirls to and fro. In appearance, Mahogany is reddish-brown which darkens over time. When polished, the wood takes on new life with a sheen giving the appearance of movement and fluidity—chatoyancy.

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