Meliaceae - The Mahogany Family
Acajou, African Mahogany, Akuk, Bandoro, Benin Mahogany, Bisselon, Bitehi, Degema, Diala Iri, Eri Kiree, Gold Coast Mahogany, Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast Mahogany, Khaya Mahogany, Lagos Wood, Nigerian Mahogany, Ogwango, Senegal Mahogany
Both Interior and Exterior
Cabinets, Exterior Trim, Flooring, Furniture, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings
African Mahogany grows in all of the countries in West Africa that produce lumber. With the biggest producers being Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Ghana. Unlike other Khaya species which do not require much rainfall, Khaya Ivorensis prefers low-lying areas wet areas of the rainforest.
The sapwood is creamy white or yellowish color. When freshly sawn the heartwood is a light pinkish-brown color, that deepens to a reddish-brown that sometimes has a purple hue. The grain ranges from interlocked to straight and has a variable texture. The interlocked grain produces a striped ribbon like figure on quarter sawn surfaces.
Some care needs to be taken when working with African Mahogany with exceptionally interlocked grain, to prevent tear out. The material is reported to nail easily, only thin material needs to be pre-bored. If African Mahogany is being used for appearance in damp locations, then treated or non-ferrous fatteners should be used or black stain can occur.