Mahogany is truly a joy to work with. I often compare the joy of working with mahogany to Eastern White Pine. Over my short 16 year career in furniture making and repair one thing is certain, the quality of Mahogany has gotten worse. But what choice do restorers have when needing Mahogany for a historic home or piece of furniture? Well I think we need to start thinking long and hard on how our love for Mahogany effects the world. If interested in understanding the effects of such a luxury material than please read the following link: Mahogany's last stand.
Today I don't purchase much or if any exotic materials of recent import. What I do own for exotic materials is either from my early days in the field when I didn't know better or simply old stock from estates. I think craftspeople today should enjoy local domestic woods that have been harvested in a sustainable manner.