Exotic Woods: Pop Quiz!

The April issue of House Beautiful is out now, and the theme running through the entire magazine is wood. Not all of it is online, so you’ll have to pick up an issue to see the many ways interior designers and manufacturers make decorative use of all kinds of wood species.

But one section in particular caught my eye: “Have You Ever Heard of These Woods?” It goes on to display 20 home accessories made from exotic wood from all over the world. For fun, I put owner Mark Gatterdam to the test with a few of them that are pictured in the magazine: How much does he really know about wood?

Tanguile: (Silence). “That’s waay out there.”

Tanguile wood is used in this mirror from Made Goods

Tanguile wood is used in this mirror from Made Goods

Padouk: Yes. “It’s so prohibitively expensive that you make small items with these woods,” such as this iPhone case below, from Miniot:

Reddish African wood. “How do you rout that out?” Mark wants to know.

Reddish African wood. “How do you rout that out?” Mark wants to know.

Acacia: “No.”

Acadia is a tropical hardwood, used here in this bowl by Michael Aram.

Acadia is a tropical hardwood, used here in this bowl by Michael Aram.

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