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Mahogany it is then. Keep in mind though that Mahogany is neither Sitka Spruce or Ash which were recommended by previous posters. If Mahogany battens ever split you could end up with some sharp splinters that may catch your sail fabric (I guess the same could be said for the other wood species too, hence, fiberglass is preferred).
My advice would be to finish the Mahogany battens you make with varnish, lacquer, poly; your choice. This way they will slide into the slots in the sail without hurting the sail fabric.
Mahogany is of comparable weight to Spruce and Ash so why not?
Keep in mind that in really light air the battens may actually make the main sail sag along the leech (depending how baggy your sails are) so you may not need them in light air conditions.
 
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