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African Mahogany Khaya ivorensis

MAHOGANY IN NAME AND COLOR BUT NOT IN SPIRIT
Identified by its pale and medium reddish brown bands, which are variable in width, African mahogany is one of the poorest of species to be honored with that famous name. It often has little shimmering figure. The texture is medium-coarse and somewhat uneven, reflecting the straight but interlocking grain. Though it is stable once seasoned, the lumber tends to tear badly when it is machined or worked by hand. Not particularly strong or durable, it is favored only as a substitute for finer mahoganies, and is often stained for reproduction furniture.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Khaya
Related species K. anthotheca, K. grandifolia, K. nyasica, K. senegalensis
Sources Africa
Color Reddish brown, varying from medium to pale
Texture Fairly coarse and uneven
Grain Straight, but also interlocking
Hardness Medium
Weight Medium (35 lb./cm ft.) (560 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

African mahogany is not widely available and should be used with some caution and research because it has been listed as vulnerable by IUCN. The lumber is not usually expensive.




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