Never heard of using Mahogany as a smoking wood.
I'd be a little leary because as mentioned by Pops it can cause issues. I know several people who have gotten pretty bad rashes, similar to poison ivy from handling the wood and/or coming in contact or breathing in the dust while sanding or turning it.
Also there are several species of wood that aren't Genuine Mahogany that are sold as mahogany:
The Spanish or cigar-box cedar (Cedrela odorata
) of Central and South America
has a hard, durable, richly colored wood that is used as a substitute for the true mahogany in fine [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important]cabinetry[/color][/color]
and furniture, as is the crab-wood (Carapa guianensis
), with a broadly similar range. The African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis
) grows in tropical forests on the west coast of Africa and is one of the many African species, including those in the genera Entandrophragma
, which are substituted for the wood of the true mahogany. Some tropical [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important]hardwoods[/color][/color]
in other plant
families are also used as substitutes for mahogany, for example, the Columbian mahogany Cariniana pyriformis
, family Lecythidaceae.
The Chinaberry (Melia azedarach
) is native to southern Asia, but is grown as an ornamental plant in parts of the southern United States. The compound leaves of the Chinaberry can be longer than 20 in (50 cm), and its purplish flowers are attractive and fragrant.
Species in the genera Azadirachta
are used to manufacture botanical insecticides
. [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important]Seeds[/color][/color]
of the [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important]trees[/color][/color] Carapa guianensis
and C. moluccensis
are used to manufacture a minor product known as carapa fat, a thick white or yellow oil used in [COLOR=red ! important][COLOR=red ! important]oil [COLOR=red ! important]lamps[/color][/color][/color]
, and sometimes as an insect repellant.