Mahogany has historically been one of our country’s most prized and valued woods. It is a tropical hardwood, and has always been imported to this country from the islands of the West Indies and Central and South America. It was the wood of choice for the high style furniture produced in 18th century America, and the vast majority of the American masterpieces from this era were executed in mahogany. The combination of its stability and workability, particularly in regards to carving and shaping, and its rich and beautiful red-brown color has helped to maintain its popularity in this country for over 300 years.
The mahogany we carry is from South America. The latin name for this species is Swietenia Macrophylla, and it is more commonly known as genuine, South American, or Honduran mahogany. Honduran mahogany is the most commonly used term these days, to distinguish it from mahogany-like species from Africa, Indonesia and the Phillippines. The name is misleading however, since only a very small portion of the mahogany sold in this country comes from Honduras these days. Our mahogany comes primarily from Peru, which we feel has finest quality material available today.
We select all the mahogany we offer for density and color, and also seek out boards that have grain, figure, or any type of activity that gives the wood some personality. There is a tremendous variation in this species, even with lumber from the same geographic area, so we carefully examine all the material that we bring in. Over the years we have been able to determine the mills and regions that are producing the quality of lumber that we are seeking, as well as those that don’t meet our standards. We keep a large inventory of South American mahogany on hand in all thicknesses from 4/4 to 20/4. Since mahogany has historically been available in wide widths and many pieces of period furniture featured 1 piece tops and case sides, we have always had an affinity for the wide boards, and have a large stock of 4/4 boards up to 24" in width and have 5/4 boards on hand in widths to 40"+.
We carry some wide 8/4 and 10/4 because it is available and impressive, and try to always stock 22" and wider 12/4 stock for furnituremakers who want to make bombe’ furniture, where the sides were historically cut from single thick planks that wide. We also carry leg and turning stock in thicknesses from 10/4 thru 20/4.
The lumber as priced is all premium FAS/Select lumber with major defects graded out and selected to order.
Narrow stock, seconds, #1 common and shorts available at a lower price.
Shipping minimum 150 bd. ft. – No minimum at our yard.
Large selection of matched sets available in all species. .50 – $1.00 premium for matched sets.
Flitched figured logs priced according to width and figure.
Large retail area where you can choose your own stock, or personal selection, of the material for your project. Hours by appointment or by chance.
To learn more about our Lumber, contact us.
*ALL LUMBER IS GUARANTEED AS REPRESENTED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF PURCHASE, UNLESS CUT OR MILLED. PLEASE CHECK CAREFULLY UPON ARRIVAL*.