Try African Mahogany

Written by Jesper Bach

How familiar are you with the species African Mahogany? While not as popular as its big brother Sapele, ("entandrophragma cylindricum"), there is still a long history of hardwood distributors and manufacturers using this imported hardwood in the United States and Canada.

Like many hardwood lumber product categories, African Mahogany can encompass several different types. “Khaya Ivorensis” is the most desired subspecies of African Mahogany and the one we focus on providing our customers.African Mahogany lowres

Its appearance is striking and its color is typically described as being medium to dark brown with a light colored sapwood. African Mahogany is known to be a hardwood of medium density, giving it a reputation as a species that is easy to work with, is durable and resistance issues when nailing and screwing.

Our primary sawmill sources for this species are in Ghana, Cameroon and Republic of Congo.

Our partners in Cameroon and Republic of Congo ship both air dried and kiln dried lumber to the United States for us while our Ghana supplier only provides us kiln dried as they have a 10% tax on exporting air dried mahogany.

We find there are multiple uses for African Mahogany in the North American marketplace. Most notably we see it being used in mouldings, architectural millwork, doors/windows and in the musical industry as well.

We always try to have inventory in 4/4”, 5/4”, 6/4” and 8/4” on hand for prompt shipment. We also try to have some volumes in 10/4” up to 16/4” available for purchase but that varies.

If you are looking for some African Mahogany, please let us know. We would be happy to discuss how we might be able to help you find the right hardwoods and the right price and time!  Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jesper Bach
Baillie Lumber Co.
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Jesper Bach
Baillie Lumber Co.
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