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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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