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The name mahogany is used when referring to numerous varieties of dark-colored wood, originally the wood of the species Swietenia mahagoni, known as West Indian or Cuban Mahogany. It was later used also for the wood of Swietenia macrophylla, which is closely related, and known as Belize Mahogany. Today, all species of Swietenia are listed by CITES, and are therefore protected. Species of Swietenia cross readily when they grow in proximity, the hybrid between S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla is widely planted. Mahogany is also the national tree of Belize. Mahogany can refer to the following: In botany, it refers to the genus Swietenia in the family Meliaceae, the Mahogany family. ... Image File history File links Swietenia_macrophylla_wood. ... Image File history File links Swietenia_macrophylla_wood. ... Species See text. ... The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between Governments, drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). ...

The name "mahogany" is also commonly used to refer to the African genus Khaya (closely related to Swietenia), hence the term African Mahogany. Species See text Khaya is a genus of seven species of trees in the mahogany family Meliaceae, native to tropical Africa and Madagascar. ...

"Mahoganies" may refer to the wider group of all the timbers yielded by the three related genera Swietenia, Khaya and Entandrophragma. The timbers of Entandrophragma are traded under their individual names, sometimes with "mahogany" attached as a suffix, for example "sipo" may be referred to as "sipo mahogany". Species See text. ...

In addition, the timber trade deals with various so-called "mahoganies", under a variety of different names, most notably "Philippine mahogany". These woods are unrelated to "true" Mahogany. Philippine mahogany is a common name for several different species of trees and their wood. ...


Mahogany has a generally straight grain and is usually free of voids and pockets. It has a reddish brown color which darkens over time, and displays a beautiful reddish sheen when polished. It has excellent workability, and is very durable and slow to rot. These properties make it a favorable wood for boat making, as tradition has shown, as well as for making furniture and upholstery (see Chippendale), musical instruments, and other durable objects. A provincial Chippendale-style chair with elaborate Gothick tracery back Thomas Chippendale (June 5, 1718 – November 13, 1779), born at Farnley near Otley, West Yorkshire, was a London cabinet-maker and furniture designer in the mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. ...

Mahogany is a very popular material for drum making, because of its great integrity and capability to produce a very dark, warm tone compared to other more common wood types like maple or birch. The famous Beatles sound of the 60s was made with Ludwig Drums in mahogany shells. Today, several drum manufacturers have rediscovered the features of mahogany shells, resulting in several high end series offering shells made in this wood. The buyer should be cautious, however, because Philippine mahogany, an inferior material and not a real mahogany at all, is often used in low-end drums. Bass drum made from wood, rope, and cowskin A drum is a musical instrument in the percussion group that can be large, technically classified as a membranophone. ... For other uses, see Maple (disambiguation). ... Species Many species; see text and classification Birch is the name of any tree of the genus Betula, in the family Betulaceae, closely related to the beech/oak family, Fagaceae. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Ludwig-Musser is a drum and percussion instrument manufacturer owned by Conn-Selmer, Inc. ... Philippine mahogany is a common name for several different species of trees and their wood. ...

A wide variety of electric guitars are also made from mahogany, like Gibson's Les paul line and most of the PRS guitars among others. It is noted, again, for its dark properties, as well as its weight (Gibson Les Pauls may weigh as much as 15 pounds), the combination of which produces a warm, rounded tone with huge sustain, for which the guitar is famous. The Gibson Les Paul is one of the most recognizable solid-body electric guitar designs in the world. ... The Gibson Les Paul is one of the most recognizable solid-body electric guitar designs in the world. ...

It should also be noted that Mahogany is a very popular choice of material for luthiers constructing all grades of acoustic guitars. Mahogany is a Japanese analogue to the English "haymaker". A luthier is someone who builds or repairs stringed instruments, ranging from guitars to violins. ... An acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the Classical guitar, but generally strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ...

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Mahogany Wood (245 words)
The valuable hardwood called mahogany is obtained from many members of the family; in America and Europe it is imported for cabinet making and similar uses.
According to tradition it was first introduced to England from the West Indies when Sir Walter Raleigh had a mahogany table made for Queen Elizabeth I; the popularity of the wood increased steadily in the 18th cent.
The different mahoganies vary in color from golden to deep red brown; most are close-grained and resistant to termites.
Mahogany Doors (430 words)
When it comes to Mahogany entry doors, E.J. Kidd and Co. stands alone due to several contributing factors.
First of all we are committed to carrying a complete line of leaded glass mahogany doors, rather than limit ourselves by offering a very narrow scope of possibilities.
With single entry mahogany doors starting at about $600 and multiple component entry units as high as $10,000, we can provide you with an entry door that will capture the attention of everyone for generations to come.
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