Economical Importance of Mahogany Essay

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ECONOMICAL IMPORTANCE OF MAHOGANY TREES The mahogany tree is also called "Swietenia mahagoni" and "West Indies mahogany," and it grows natively in North America and the Caribbean. It is a popular landscaping tree in the warmer parts of North America. People grow mahoganies for shade around the house and also use the trees for their strong wood. People use mahogany trees to add some greenery to the home landscape, to provide shade and for their hard wood. In poor countries, people also cut them to use their wood as fuel. Their wood has a rich color and is very durable, which makes mahogany furniture popular and valuable. Since it tolerates a wide range of soil types and salt spray from the ocean, gardeners who live in coastal areas or areas with poor soils favor the tree. Mahogany has a generally straight grain and is usually free of voids and pockets. Its reddish-brown color darkens over time, and displays a reddish sheen when polished. It has excellent workability, and is very durable. Historically, the tree's girth allowed for wide boards from traditional mahogany species. These properties make it a favorable wood for crafting cabinets and furniture. Much of the first-quality furniture made in the American colonies from the mid 18th century was made of mahogany, when the wood first became available to American craftsmen. Mahogany is still widely used for fine furniture; however, the rarity of Cuban mahogany and over harvesting of Honduras and Brazilian mahogany has diminished their use. Mahogany also resists wood rot, making it attractive in boat construction. It is also often used for musical instruments, particularly the backs, sides and necks of acoustic guitars and drum shells because of its ability to produce a very deep, warm tone compared to other commonly used woods such as maple or birch. Guitars featuring mahogany in their

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