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Mahogany Swirl Wood Veneer

cat-mahogany-swirl.jpgMahogany has become a kind of generic term for any one of a handful of imported, fine grain, reddish-brown wood veneers. Genuine mahogany, which comes from Honduras, has been over-harvested and is considered by many to be commericially extinct. Because of this, several other species are now imported from Africa and Asia. This false mahogany timber (Khaya) typically has a darker and tighter grain and is in plentiful supply. The veneers shown below were offered to us as genuine mahogany.

Common Name:
  Genuine Mahogany, Honduran Mahogany, Honduras Mahogany, Khaya
Scientific Name:
  Swietenia macrophylla, Khaya ivorensis
  Reddish Brown, Red, Orange
  Genuine Mahogany: Mexico, Honduras, Carribbean, Brazil
  False Mahogany: Africa, Asia
  Medium to Hard
  Interlocking, fine grain
  Readily accepts stains and finishes
Did You Know:
  Only woods within the Swietenia family are "genuine" mahogany. Because of the availability and massive importing of false mahogany, prices of the genuine and false types have plummeted in recent years.
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