Mahogany Road – St. Croix Rainforest
We had the opportunity to drive down Mahogany Road through the St. Croix Rain Forest. It’s a beautiful drive up and down long winding roads filled with large Mahogany trees. If you look closely you might see a deer or an occasional mongoose on the side of the road.
Tip: A 4WD or mini SUV is recommended for this drive.
In the heart of the rain forest we stumbled upon a sign, that said “Shop Open.” We looked around and saw another sign for the St. Croix LEAP project – Island Mahogany. We had discovered a wood shop nestled deep in the forest. After a short drive up another long and winding road we found a large barn/workshop and Vincent, a local woodworker. The front and back of the barn are completely open. We were unsure if we were at a business or someones private barn. However, Vincent waved us in and gave us a tour of his workshop. You feel like you are walking into the past in a room filled with antique sanders, clamps, lathes, saws, and other old-style woodworking and carving tools.
There are large slabs of aging mahogany. Most of the items offered for sale are mahogany cutting boards, magnets, and small clocks. However there are a few items made from other Island woods, saman and thibet.
Vincent told us he has been there for about 50 years. There used to be more woodworkers but he said he was the only one there now. He was a gracious host and took a lot of time giving us a tour of his workshop. Every item is truly one of a kind. We purchased a St. Croix magnet, and Vincent amazingly free-handed the words “St. Croix” on it with a router.
St. Croix Leap Project – Island Mohogany
We plan on taking another drive to St. Croix Leap to purchase a mahogany cutting board before we leave. We also hope to visit the Montpellier Domino club, “home of the beer drinking pigs”, which is also located in the heart of the rainforest.
It is such a lovely drive and highly suggested if you have the chance to visit St. Croix.
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