Specific weight: 0,52 g/cm3
Tree of the Meliateae family
Since late XIX century, African Mahogany has been commercialised in order to complement true mahogany consignments from tropical America. Even though it belongs to a different genus, from a botanical point of view Khaya is very close to the true Mahogany. Nowadays it is accepted as Mahogany worldwide.
There are about five different species from which this wood can be obtained. Their allocation runs from Portuguese Guinea to Angola and from Sudan to Mozambique. However, most of the commercialised wood belongs to two varieties (K. anthotheca, and K. ivorensis), both exported from the Western regions of Africa.
It varies from a pale pink to a reddish-brown colour; it has a regular texture and interlaced fibre that provides a classic striped pattern. It is light, steady, dries well, easy to work and handle, and it has a good finishing. However, it is quite vulnerable to the attacks of wood plagues.
Due to its durability it is widely used in cabinetwork, as well as for boats building and crafting. Its lightness also makes it ideal for all kind of works made with plywood, outdoor carpentry, etc.