What Are the Characteristics of Mahogany Wood?

Mahogany is a much sought-after wood, based on its hardness, resilience and beauty. It is commonly regarded as the world's leading wood for fine-quality furniture, cabinetry, sculpture, carving, interior trim and other applications.

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Features

The mahogany tree can reach more than 150 feet in height and 6 feet in diameter. Its bark is brown-red in color. Mahogany grows mainly in parts of Central and South America, West Africa and the West Indies.

Color

Mahogany is typically red, pink, or salmon-colored when first cut. The hues deepen as the wood matures, taking on a rich red or brown-red cast.

Grain

Mahogany has a fine to medium texture, with grain that varies from straight to wavy or curly. Irregularities in the grain are considered desirable, producing distinctive, visually appealing "figures" – the interlocking and interleaving of wood fibers.

Durability

Mahogany is a strong, robust wood. Its lasting durability makes it a popular choice for furniture.

Maintains its Integrity

The wood resists swelling, shrinking and warping over time, making it ideal for areas prone to excessive moisture or humidity.


Lauren Leatherman

Lauren Leatherman has been writing professionally since 2001. She received grants from Breadloaf and the Silver Bay Writers' Institute for her short fiction, and was nominated for inclusion in "Best New American Voices." In 2005, she published the chapbook "How To Lose It" (Hamilton College). Her professional writing encompasses architecture, interior design and health/fitness. Leatherman holds an MFA in fiction from New York University.