HONDURAN HARDWOODS

Like the hardwoods forests in North America, the forests of Honduras host a variety of species. Since the start of our Honduras operation in 2013 we have focused on Spanish Cedar and Mahogany.

SPANISH CEDAR 
(Cedrela odorata)

The wood has a uniform pinkish to reddish brown color that often darkens with age. Spanish cedar is a medium-textured wood that is mostly straight grained.

WORKING PROPERTIES

Easy to work with both hand and machine tools. Due to it's low density and softness, sharp equipment helps prevent a fuzzy surface when cut. Extra sanding to a finer grit may be required to obtain a smooth surface.

DURABILITY

Durable to moderately durable regarding decay resistance and also resistant to termite attack. Reported to have excellent weathering characteristics.

MAIN USES

Veneer, plywood, cabinetry, musical instruments (flamenco and classical guitars), humidors and boatbuilding.

GENUINE MAHOGANY 
(Swietenia macrophylla)

Similar in appearance to Spanish cedar, with a heartwood that can vary from a pale pinkish brown to a darker reddish brown that also tends to darken with age. A medium-textured wood with grain that can be straight, interlocked, irregular or wavy.

WORKING PROPERTIES

Typically very easy to work with tools and machines well. Slight dulling of blades can occur. Sands easily and turns, glues, stains and finishes well.

DURABILITY

Durable or very durable in regards to decay resistance, though some susceptibility to insect attacks has been reported

MAIN USES

Furniture, cabinetry, turnings, veneers, musical instruments, boatbuilding and carving.

Species information obtained from The Wood Database and reproduced with permission.

Spanish cedar at our Honduras lumber yard, staged and ready for container loading.