Mahogany, indigenous to Africa, Central America and South America, is thought to be not only the strongest wood but also the hardest and best quality. This type of wood has poorly defined annual rings and a uniform pore structure, and it is great for wood carving and finishes well.
Mahogany is used in Victorian furniture reproductions as well as the crafting of Empire, Georgian and Federal reproduction furniture. Walnut is another strong and durable wood without being too heavy and is especially popular for fine cabinet making. Teak, indigenous to Southeast Asia, is another hard and strong wood that is also heavy. Teak carves well but is often used as a veneer due to its high value.