Our Wood

There is no substitute for the natural beauty, versatility and durability of wood.  Wood’s warmth and natural beauty is unequaled and when harvested, managed and used sustainably, our forests continue to provide the greatest natural resource on earth.

Wood allows the most complete flexibility for architects and designers to creatively interpret their vision.  In the hands of skilled craftsmen wood has very few limitations and in the hands of a caring owner, wood can last for generations.

At Caoba Doors, Honduran Mahogany and Spanish Cedar are our standard species, however we offer any wood species you desire provided it’s available and meets our quality standards.

Our wood meets the high standards of the FSC Chain of Custody certification.

Our Mahogany is the “Real Deal”

These days when a claim is made that their products are made with Mahogany lumber it is hard to say what you will get.  Marketing experts from around the world have added a regional adjective to the Mahogany name to just about any reddish-brown wood species.  This makes it difficult to know which mahogany species is the “real deal”.  The woodworking qualities of Honduran Mahogany have been prized by furniture makes since the 1700’s and is truly the “REAL DEAL”

Our Standard:

Honduran Mahogany
Spanish Cedar

Although Genuine Mahogany and Spanish Cedar are our standard species we offer any wood species you desire (provided it’s available and meets our quality standards). You can also request split species and we offer unlimited options of custom finishes and textures.

 

Our indigenous supply of Honduran Mahogany offers the most value and is prized for its beauty, durability and color.

Honduran Mahogany: (Swientenia macrophylla)

Several species exist under the Swietenia macrophylla genus and are the best known varieties.  Commonly referred to as Honduran, Genuine, Big Leaf, or American Mahogany these species grow throughout Central America and Northern South America.

Honduran Mahogany produces natural chemical defenses that make it extremely resistant to insects, moisture and decay and once dried and milled, is very stable and shows little to no movement  For these reasons, Honduran Mahogany is the most desired wood species for window and door construction and ranks among the finest cabinetry wood in the world.  It’s working characteristics are outstanding for cutting, shaping, turning, and sanding.  No other wood has such exceptional grain and working properties as Honduran Mahogany.

Spanish Cedar:

Neither Spanish nor a Cedar, Spanish Cedar is an aromatic species in the Mahogany family,  Spanish Cedar is lighter in both color and weight than Genuine Mahogany.  Spanish Cedar’s color, tone and aroma resembles true cedars and contains many of the same natural defenses against termites and weather resistance as Genuine Mahogany.   Spanish Cedar is primarily used in household articles to store clothing and is also the traditional wood used in the manufacturing of cigar boxes, as well as guitars and other musical instruments.

Caoba’s commitment to the environment

Caoba Doors is committed to using lumber managed and harvested in a sustainable fashion and abides by the guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council™ when called upon to produce certified wood. The Rainforest Alliance launched the world’s first sustainable forestry certification program in 1989 to encourage market-driven and environmentally and socially responsible management of forests, tree farms, and forest resources.

Our wood meets the high standards of the FSC Chain of Custody certification.

For over 3 decades Caoba Doors has been a leader in promoting environmental business practices and we are committed to using lumber harvested in a sustainable fashion.

Our construction methods take into account the value of the raw materials as we utilize resources to their fullest. Our raw material yield ranks among the highest in the industry. Our experienced employees come from a rich culture of woodworkers who respect and understand raw materials and their selection for appropriate usage; a sensitivity that results in less waste. This is clearly a best practice for our customers and our environment.

 

Caoba Doors is committed to using lumber managed and harvested in a sustainable fashion and abides by the guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council™ when called upon to produce certified wood.

Our FSC™ Chain-of-Custody certification traces the path of products from forests through the supply chain, verifying that FSC™-certified material is identified or kept separated from non-certified material throughout the chain.

Please click on the links below to access our FSC-Certificate and the FSC-Verification of our products: