Mahogany Wood Basics

February 2015 Blog...All About Mahogany 

Happy February Everyone,

Wow...the winter rain came down hard and ushered in what we hope to be a wet rest of the season.  Don't say anything just yet...but Spring is just around the corner. 

It's been a busy start of the season and were kicking off the month with a brief video blog on the beautiful and very classic Mahogany wood. 
As detailed, this georgeous wood can be featured in very high end homes as custom kitchen cabinetry (although rare), beautiful stand alone mantles, entertainment centers and custom furniture.  This American hardwood can accept a variety of stains that alter it's appearance from light (desk) to dark and elegant. (Larger picture above).  If you really like this look, but don't have the budget for this...consider talking to me about using a darker Mahogany stain on another species of wood...such as Cherry.  
Did You Know...History of Mahogany
The wood first came to the notice of Europeans with the beginning of Spanish colonisation in the Americas. A cross in the Cathedral at Santo Domingo, bearing the date 1514, is said to be mahogany, and Phillip II of Spain apparently used the wood for the interior joinery of the Escorial Palace, begun in 1584.[21] However,caoba, as the Spanish called the wood, was principally reserved for ship building, and it was declared a royal monopoly at Havana in 1622. Hence very little of the mahogany growing in Spanish controlled territory found its way to Europe.
After the French established a colony in Saint Domingue (now Haiti), some mahogany from that island probably found its way to France, where joiners in the port cities of Saint-Malo, Nantes, La Rochelle and Bordeaux used the wood to a limited extent from about 1700.[22] On the English-controlled islands, especiallyJamaica and the Bahamas, mahogany was abundant but not exported in any quantity before 1700.
 

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