Another reason to commission custom wood furniture is to get quality wood. I endeavor to use only FSC certified wood harvested from properly managed forests. Mahogany is one of the best furniture woods and has been logged in an un-sustainable way for too long. Industry scale furniture companies have worked around this problem by substituting a different but similar looking wood and applying a ‘mahogany’ finish.
The designer who commissioned me for this lobby mahogany table liked the design she saw perhaps from one of those big name companies. In truth I was supposed to match the finish of the paneling seen in the background but it was not done well by whomever built that and instead I just let the beauty of the real mahogany iridescence show through the varnish. All the lobby needs now is a large bouquet on the center of this table.