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8. Mahogany. Mahogany is an imported tropical wood mostly used to make fine furniture. It is a strong wood with medium hardness and is resistant to moisture, so it’s less likely to shrink or warp. It’s known for having a special grain pattern that can include lovely swirls. Mahogany starts as a light pinkish tan but quickly turns reddish brown.Commonly found in: Homes with traditional decorEndangered species: The original species, Cuban mahogany, was nearly harvested to extinction in the early 20th century and is no longer available. The species that replaced Cuban mahogany, Honduran mahogany, continues to be over-harvested. Illegal harvesting of this species continues today and has led to massive deforestation in Central and South America, including the rainforest. This doesn’t mean that you should avoid buying mahogany furniture entirely, but it makes having the FSC-certification logo on your purchase even more important.