Wednesday, 20 November 2019 16:32

Procuring African Mahogany

Sometimes there can be some confusion on the origin of African Mahogany hardwood and also on the various properties of the lumber produced from specific origins. The key takeaway is that each region of the world that grows African Mahogany can result in unique characteristics for the lumber even if it is of the same species.  For example:African Mahogany QS

Ivory Coast:  Tends to be a darker and heavier Mahogany
Ghana:  Lightweight and light-colored Mahogany
Congo:  Medium color and medium weight
Cameroon:  Medium color and medium weight 

At American Lumber, we primarily focus on the African Mahogany from Cameroon. We often get as much African Mahogany as possible from a specific region to ensure more consistency in the product. The species is quite plentiful in the above-mentioned countries but we find it best to ensure uniformity by sticking to one region. However, it should be noted that we can always offer African Mahogany from the other regions as well.  But in those cases primarily full shipments for direct shipment to our customers. 

Upon receipt of our African Mahogany shipment into Quartersawn and Flat Sawn material, Quartersawn is typically where we have the most availability. Quarter Sawn also the sort that offers the most stability once it is manufactured into a finished product. 

Our tropical hardwoods, like African Mahogany, primarily ship from our facility in Cove City, NC. It is all imported as air-dried material and dried here in the US.  This allows us to ensure that we ship a stable product that has been conditioned and stress relieved before it ends up in a product in the hands of our customers. 

As it is such a popular tropical hardwood, uses for African Mahogany are numerous, however, we typically find African Mahogany used in architectural millwork, cabinets, boat building, furniture, doors/windows, musical instruments, and more.

Could African Mahogany be a good choice for your production? If you have any questions please let us know how we can help!

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