True mahoganies are in short supply and arno explains the challenges faced by the tree and those interested in using it. I had also read about the tree in an article by bob taylor some years ago.
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The tree mahogany fine woodworking. Working with an honest importer and careful selection of material is the beginning of a fine woodworking project. It is not only very tough but also water resistant. With beautiful figuring and lustrous colouring it is a fine substitute for american mahogany.
I ve been working on an article that profiles several types of mahogany look for it in fine woodworking. The tale of a magnificent mutant 3 august 2014 issue of guitar aficionado magazine tree of life 4 august 2014 issue of guitar aficionado magazine tree of life 5 august 2014 issue of guitar aficionado magazine tree of life. Wide and 39 in.
An article on novak s mahogany in a 1985 issue of fine woodworking magazine got attention from independent guitar builders making it a hot commodity in the lutherie world. Good quality khaya can be the woodworker s best friend. A giant tree often growing in excess of 280ft 85 m.
Honduran mahogany on the other hand can vary widely in density colour and figure depending on where it is grown. Generally reddish in colour the sectional sizes available are enormous thus its use is vast from large wooden structures to interior usages. George lucas creator star wars apparently had his office in san francisco paneled with it.
Some trees exceed 1000 years in age. To build with mahogany is to share a woodworking experience with the skilled 18th and 19th century cabinetmakers who made some of the world s most cherished furniture writes jon arno. This was the beginning of the legend of the tree which is described in an article by mark berry in the 1985 september october issue of fine woodworking magazine.
Few woods match its beauty workability and stability. Honduras mahogany wood has straight semi open grain and a color that ranges from yellow brown to dark red depending on where it grows. Yielding a denser wood with tight growth rings fine texture and a deep reddish brown colour.
Long this board shows just how big a mahogany tree can get because it came from a limb. Honduras mahogany on the stump has a heavily buttressed trunk base scaly gray bark and leaves displaying six to eight leaflets arranged on a single stem much like those of the black walnut tree. It s flat and true and has been for almost 6 years now.
And it s not like limb wood from other species. Of the two species cuban mahogany is slower growing. 2 october 1985 issue of fine woodworking quilted mahogany.
Novak ended up buying back some of the wood he d initially sold reselling it at higher prices.