Ash, White

Close-up Photo of Ash Wood Grain

White ash is the hardest among the different ash species with an average hardness rating of 1320. The sapwood is very light in color, sometimes nearly white, the heartwood is brown.  It has a coarse grain and resembles oak in appearance.  It is heavy, strong, hard, and stiff. White ash grows in the Eastern half … Continue reading Ash, White


Mahogany, African

Close-up Photo of African Mahogany Wood Grain

African Mahogany can be Any of several woods of the genus Khaya, most commonly Khaya ivorensis.  Its distribution is Tropical West, Central, and East Africa.  Khaya has become known as “mahogany” because it exhibits similar properties and overall appearance to American Mahogany (Cuban and Honduran.)   African Mahogany has a Janka hardness rating of 1,070. The … Continue reading Mahogany, African


Mahogany, Cuban

Photo of the grain of Cuban Mahogany

Cuban Mahogany (Swietenia Mahogani) is the original and historic mahogany so prized by early furniture makers such as Thomas Chippendale, Thomas Sheridan and Duncan Phype.  Native to the southern tip of Florida throughout the Caribbean, Cuban Mahogany works and machines very well and it is very stable.  It stains and finishes well.  The heartwood varies … Continue reading Mahogany, Cuban


Mahogany, Genuine (Honduran)

Close-up Photo of Genuine Honduran Mahogany Wood Grain

Genuine Mahogany, Swietenia Macrophylla, is also known as Honduran, Brazilian, American, and Peruvian Mahogany, depending on where it was harvested.  The heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown, with some pieces exhibiting a rich deep red color.  The heartwood is also durable and rot resistant.  Genuine Mahogany is easily worked, glues well, and takes … Continue reading Mahogany, Genuine (Honduran)