Thursday, 27 December 2018 17:52

Sourcing African Mahogany "Khaya Ivorensis"

At times there is some confusion on the origin of African Mahogany hardwood and the various properties of the lumber produced from those specific origins. Each region of the world that grows African Mahogany can result in different characteristics for the lumber even if it is of the same species.  For example:

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  DSC7847

At Baillie, we have focused on the African Mahogany from Cameroon, and as much as possible we are getting this from one region of the country to ensure a more uniform product. The species is quite plentiful in the above-mentioned countries and others as well, but we find it best on our end to ensure uniformity by sticking to one region. 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. 

We separate our African Mahogany into Quarter sawn and Flat Sawn material, Quarter sawn is typically where we have the most availability, and it is also the sort that offers the most stability once it is made into a finished product. 

What we ship from our facility in Cove City is all imported as air-dried material and dried here in the US, that ensures us 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. 

Common uses for African Mahogany: architectural millwork, cabinets, boat building, furniture, doors/windows, musical instruments, and more.

Do you use African Mahogany for your production or are you curious about how African Mahogany could work for you and want to learn more? Let us know, we would be happy to help. 

Jesper Bach
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