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Honduran MahoganyHonduran Mahogany,
Sweetena macrophilia


Also known as Caoba, it is a large canopy tree with a basal buttress that grows naturally in the rainforest, sometimes reaching over 150 feet in height, with trunks sometimes more than 6 feet in diameter. Mahogany wood is one of the most stable woods when it comes to change of climate. When the mahogany is recently cut, the wood has a light color. As the mahogany get older its color changes to reddish brown, which makes it look even better. The wood varies from yellowish, reddish, pinkish, or salmon in color when cut and it matures to a deep rich red or reddish brown. Mahogany is fine to medium texture, with uniform to interlocking grain. Irregularities in the grain produce highly attractive figured patterns that are unique as well as beautiful.

Zericote (or Ziricote)Zericote (or Ziricote),
Cordia dodecandra


Also known as Chakapte by the Mayas, it is native to the Americas, distributed naturally in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Cuba. It is a deciduous tree of up to 100 feet in height and 2 ½ feet in diameter. With a unique combination of creamy-yellow sapwood encircling swirls of brown and black grains in the heartwood Zericote is highly prized for its beauty as well as strength.

Che ChemChe Chem,
Metopium brownie


This tree ranges from 50 to 115 ft tall and 3 to 5 ft in diameter. The heartwood color is highly varied, with red, orange, and brown contrasted with darker stripes of blackish brown. It is a very durable wood that is resistant to most insect attack.

GranadilloGranadillo,
Platymiscum yucatanum


A medium-sized to large canopy tree, up to 100 feet in height in the natural rain forest, with trunk diameters of up to 3 feet. This gorgeous wood runs the color spectrum from violet to dark red to brown with frequent streaking and pronounced figure. Occasional light blonde sapwood contrasts beautifully with the heartwood. It is very hard, heavy, and dense with a tight grain and a fine texture.

JobilloJobillo,
Astronium graveolens


This tree has light reddish brown heartwood streaked with sharply contrasting dark reddish to black band that resemble burn marks. This member of the cashew family produces stunning pieces because of contrasting nature of its stripes.

Cabbage BarkCabbage Bark,
Andira inermis


Also known as Worm Bark or Guacamayo, this tree grows to approximately 115 feet in height and 2 ½ feet in diameter. The wood is very hard, heavy, and very resistant to attack by fungi and termites.

Santa MariaSanta Maria,
Calophyllum brasiliense


This tree is a large rainforest canopy tree, reaching heights of up to 150 feet in the natural rainforest, with trunk diameters up to 6 feet. It is pinkish or reddish brown, with fine, dark veins of color. It has a uniform medium texture, with straight to interlocking grain and medium luster.

Pau Amarillo,Pau Amarillo,
Euxylophora paraensis


Also known as Yellowheart, these trees can grow to more than 130 feet tall and 30" in diameter. The heartwood is a bright yellow color, darkening a little on exposure to sunlight. There is little differentiation between heartwood and sapwood, or between spring and summer growth rings. The color is very consistent across the wood and it is usually straight grained and uniform.

Chakte KokChakte Kok,
Sickingia salvadorensis


Also known as Redheart, the tree is small to medium, reaching up to 65 feet in height with a trunk diameter of 15-20''. Color of the wood varies from bright red to pink or violet with dark streaks.

SapodillaSapodilla,
Manilkara zapota


Also known as Sapote or Chicle, this tree ranges in height from 60 ft in the open to 100 ft in dense forest. Sapodilla wood is strong and durable and timbers which formed supporting beams in Mayan temples have been found intact in ruins. A major by-product of the sapodilla tree is the gummy latex called "chicle" which for many years was used as the chief ingredient in chewing gum.

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Since all tropical hardwoods are unique, each Belize Chair is unique. Chairs may vary in color and grain but never in the quality of the materials or the construction. Each chair is individually hand-made and beautifully crafted with care.

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* All woods are photosensitive, meaning that the Sun’s UV light eventually dulls their colors unless an UV inhibitor is continually applied. For a slight fee we will apply a UV inhibitor for you before we ship your chair. To find out more about having a UV inhibitor applied for you, please contact us.