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Wood Species:African Mahogany
Also referred to as Swietenia enegalensis, Khaya senegalensis and bisselon, this species originates from west and central Africa, as well as other tropical climates in the Pacific Ocean. It can reach a height of 100 feet, and the wood’s grain is valued due to its attractive pattern and rich brownish-red color.
This type of wood also exhibits an optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy. This means that as you rotate or turn the wood, the color will appear to take on a different shade, and will darken with sunlight.
Timber from this species is finding more and more use in place of American mahogany wood to manufacture furniture, due to the increase of price and decreased availability of American mahogany.
This species is rated as moderately durable, with resistance to termites. Its common uses include: custom furniture, architectural millwork, boat building and musical instruments.
The oil from African mahogany is also extracted and used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
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