Swietenia macrophyllaThe species commonly known as “Genuine Mahogany” refers to Swietenia macrophylla, a type of wood that grows in Central and South America. The term “Genuine” is mainly a way of separating this species from the more recent market entrants which come from Africa and Asia.
When Mahogany first became popular in the western world, it was sourced exclusively from Central and South America, but, as supplies began to dwindle due to poorly managed logging practices, manufacturers began to search for alternatives.
Genuine Mahogany is an outstanding wood to work with, as it is easy to machine and carve. Genuine Mahogany lumber has experienced recent popularity as an exterior wood, and it is used extensively by window and door manufacturers due to its exceptional moisture and rot resistance.
Many cabinet shops and furniture makers prize the wood not only for its durability, but also for its ease of machining and its deep, rich color.
J. Gibson McIlvain always has a large supply of Genuine Mahogany in stock in a variety of widths, thicknesses, and lengths to suit any project’s needs. Our inventory also includes some very wide boards (in the 20-35″ range).
Contact us today to see how we can help meet your project’s need for Genuine Mahogany lumber.
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