Sapelli lightly curly
Names and distribution: Honduras mahogany or "true mahogany" is botanically Swietenia macrophylla and belongs to the family Meliaceae. Mahogany was one of the first overseas timber, which was introduced from the New World to Europe. The exploitation of stocks quickly led to overuse and thus the use of replacement timber of the same family. Known are the African relatives Sipo, Kosipo, Tiama and Khaya "mahogany". The true mahogany is common in the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Appearance: The fresh heartwood is yellow to pinkish brown, darkening upon exposure. The pores are medium-coarse and scattered, often marked by dark and light ingredients. The band-like storage cells on longitudinal surfaces result in a fine wavy grain. Grain usually straight to slightly spirally grown, homogeneous, decorative
Properties: The density at a moisture content of 12% is about 0.48 to 0.65 t/m3. Swietenia can be dried without problems and has excellent stamina. All forms of treatment are possible, including turning and carving. Smooth and decorative surfaces can be produced. There is no information about allergic irritation of skin and respiratory tract.
Use: High quality decorative wood for medium duty, classic wooden furniture, dimensionally stable frameworks, boat building, musical instruments.
||Guitar, Jochen Imhof, SIGN GUITARS
||Trop. Forestry Pap.No.20 (1990) Mex.& Belizian Timbers, OFI-Oxford
GOTTWALD (1970): Holzbestimmung der wichtigsten Handelshölzer
ATIBT (1990): Atlas Lateinamerikanischer Hölzer
Note: according to the latest findings, but without any warranty