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Ribbon Grain
© Frank Ford, 1/1/99; Photos by FF

Traditionally, the finest and most formal mahogany furniture was made with elegant "ribbon grain" mahogany. This wood grows with alternate rows of reversing grain direction, or "
runout." Looking at the surface from different angles, the rows seem to move as they catch the light.

A number of other woods also grow with this distinctive ribbon pattern:

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