by Lambdafarm on October 27, 2010

Mahogany is a beautiful, dark brown wood that is used for fine furniture, paneling, and other uses where the wood is seen.  Somewhat expensive, mahogany is often used as a veneer on furniture when solid mahogany is not affordable.  My maternal grandparents had a mahogany veneer bedroom suite, while my paternal grandparents had a mahogany veneer dining room suite.  Both still look rich and imposing.

Mahogany hair pin

Mahogany hair pin

Older furniture actually looks better than newer mahogany.  Like so many woods, mahogany was over logged.  Most mahogany now is grown on plantations and just doesn’t look as good.  In addition, there are woods sold as mahogany that differ from true mahogany in weight and the dark brown color but are technically mahogany.

These problems make buying mahogany a bit frustrating, particularly if you live in an area where you must buy it over the internet.  I use it sparingly but some people request it, so I accommodate them.  Here is an example of it in something I made.  It is a hair pin women use to keep their hair in a bun on their head.


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Melinda October 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I so agree that older mahogany furniture is much nicer looking than the newer pieces. I was wondering why that was true. The pin is beautiful.
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