Mahogany – Honduras

Mahogany – HondurasSize of tree and type of forest/location: Large hardwoods native to West Indies, especially Cuba, and the adjacent mainland from Mexico to Brazil.

Description of wood: Heartwood yellow-brown to red-brown, darkening on exposure. Sapwood distinctively paler. The end of each growth ring is marked by paler wood, distinguishing it from other mahoganies. Texture moderately fine. Grain variable.
Dry density kg/m3: Varies greatly from 400 to 850

Workability: Easy to work but sharp tools are needed to avoid “wooliness” in highly figured material. Nails and glues well. Moderately suitable for steam bending.

Use: Furniture timbers.

Availability: Scarce