Swietenia Macrophylla; Family: Maliaceae
Southern Mexico southward to Colombia, Venezuela, and parts of the upper Amazon and its tributaries in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.
This is a wood considered by most to be the one true mahogany. As such, it is often called “genuine mahogany”. Heartwood reddish, pinkish, salmon colored, or yellowish when fresh; Deepening with age to deep rich red or brown; distinct from the Yellowish or Whitish sapwood. Luster high and golden; texture rather Fine to coarse; grain straight to roey, wavy, or curly, ofteh with an Attractive figure; odor and teste not distinctive.
Very easy to work hand and machine tools, torn and chipped grain is Common with figured material. Easy to finish and takes excellent polish Slices and rotary cuts into fine veneer.
Fine furniture and cabinet making, interior trim, paneling, fancy veneer, musical instruments, boat building, pattern making, turnery and carving.
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