Philippine mahogany

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Philippine mahogany, red lauan, white lauan

The wood of trees of several genera found in the Philippines; not a true mahogany, but resembles true mahogany in grain; density ranges from very light to quite heavy; whitish-yellow to pink, brown, or dark red in color; the heavier, darker woods are generally durable and quite strong and are used like true mahogany; the lighter-weight, colored woods are used for interior carpentry, plywood, and general construction.
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Walnut and oak were reluctant to bend as sharply as birch, cedar and Philippine mahogany. Some oak and walnut specimens broke from tension failures on the convex side.
At one time, the most often exported wood from the Philippines was lauan, a hardwood also known as Philippine mahogany. But today, if you write about lauan, you are writing an obituary of sort.
Philippine mahogany is the general name given to a wide variety of related woods imported from the Philippine Islands, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Argentine Pontiff's three papal chairsone for each of the three big events scheduled in Manilawill be made of Philippine mahogany without many embellishments, according to Robert Cruz, owner of VitreArtus, a 20yearold producer of liturgical arts and furniture.
In the den, Mendoza arranges an iconic Philippe Starck Cafe Costes chair made of Philippine mahogany with a minimalist table; he set them off with an ornate antique church candelabra that has been made into a lamp.
Some "baby-boomers think molave (Philippine mahogany) is a street sign," a forester explained.

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