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Cuban Mahogany Swietenia mahogani
A LESSON IN EXPLOITATION
Known as Cuban or Spanish mahogany, this wood is included here more as a lesson in overexploitation than for its commercial availability. Loved for its texture, patterning, stability and color, the species has been felled indiscriminately for the past five centuries and is now almost impossible to source. Nor has it been easy to regenerate or grow in plantations. If woodworkers need a reason to use a certified source for buying their favorite lumber, they should consider Cuban mahogany. Anyone who has recycled it (and that is the most likely source today) will recognize the inferiority of the other mahoganies that are available.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Spanish mahogany
Sources Recycled furniture only
Color Medium reddish brown that darkens with age
Texture Even and medium
Grain Straight
Hardness Medium
Weight Medium (34 lb./cu. ft.) (540 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

The only option now is to recycle broken furniture and recreate it as something new.



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