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© 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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