Mahogany wood is one of the most luxurious tropical woods and is particularly often used for elegant extensions of the interior, as well as for the production of stylish pieces of furniture. Mahogany wood grows mainly on the east coast of the Central American continent, as well as in the tropical areas of South America, West Africa and the West Indies. The main cultivation of mahogany wood takes place in the tropical forests of Brazil.
Origin and characteristics
The weather-resistant wood was introduced to Europe from the West Indies in the 18th century. Different trade names nowadays designate the origin of the wood. Mahogany wood from sustainable cultivation is marked by eco-labels. The environmental organization WWF, for example, recommends the FSC seal, which stands for “Forest Stewardship Council”. The fine tropical wood is available in different nuances, with the shades ranging from reddish brown to light brown. Depending on the country of origin, the grain of mahogany wood may be spotted, striped, veined or flamed. To get the shine of the reddish brown color, mahogany should always be cared for with transparent wood preservatives. Without proper care, mahogany wood can quickly turn gray outdoors.
Different mahogany species
As true mahogany wood, the red-brown mahogany from the Caribbean and Central America is called. Only under certain conditions, this wood may be traded, as it is protected. In addition to the “real mahogany” other mahogany species exist, such as the lighter Tabasco mahogany or the textured Cuba mahogany. The very similar in appearance, however, sapele mahogany from South Africa does not come from mahogany, but is misleadingly often referred to as such.
Due to its great resistance to insects and fungi, the mahogany wood is one of the tough deciduous tree woods. Because of this property, it is ideal for the production of garden furniture or as a floor covering for outdoor use. Other characteristic features of mahogany wood are good workability and minimal shrinkage. Mahogany hardly forgives, and if so, it will do so evenly. Mahogany is one of the most sought-after and most valuable woods in the world due to its various advantages and the noble appearance. Mahogany is also commonly used in the manufacture of luxurious fittings and instruments in the interior of boats, ships or yachts. Likewise, the tropical wood is suitable for the production of frame structures, gates and doors and plays a central role in the field of furniture construction. Mahogany wood is also produced as a decorative veneer.
- noble appearance
- resistant to external influences
- is only slightly distorted
- relative expensive
- Surface needs to be treated
- Tropical wood, therefore bad environmental balance