Where Has All the Beautiful Mahogany Gone? Part 2

The shifts in how Genuine Mahogany is sawn and graded is proving disastrous for this once prized lumber species. In Part 1 we looked at exactly what’s contributing to the problem, as well as how it might have been prevented and then what’s actually going on. We doubt the NGOs are listening, but in case […]

Where Has All the Beautiful Mahogany Gone? Part 1

There’s no doubt about the beauty and working qualities of Genuine Mahogany; no one is debating those issues. Since the 1700s, this premium lumber species has been appreciated by cabinet makers, furniture makers, and other craftsmen. Sadly, though, anyone who works with Mahogany has noticed a continual downward trend in recent years, when it comes […]

A Tale of Two Mahogany Alternatives

A traditional favorite used in furniture and high-end millwork, Mahogany has a rich history spanning hundreds of years. Sadly, its rising price point has made this species less accessible for many woodworkers. As regulation of Mahogany has increased, the supply chain has added additional cost, leaving many once-devout Mahogany fans with more questions than answers. […]

Why We Still Carry Genuine Mahogany

Amid increased concerns over the origin Genuine Mahogany and other exotic hardwood species, J. Gibson McIlvain continues to fully inspect and import quality Honduran Mahogany from responsible sources, fully investigating each aspect of the supply chain. Early History of Mahogany In order to fully appreciate the term “Genuine Mahogany,” you need to know a little […]

African Mahogany as an Alternative to Genuine Mahogany

African Mahogany refers to more than one species of wood, but the two species most commonly sold under the name are Khaya ivorensis and Khaya senegalensis. African Mahogany is one of Genuine Mahogany’s most famous substitutes, but despite this common usage, the wood is in many respects quite different from Genuine Mahogany. While African Mahogany […]

Genuine Mahogany Lumber – Characteristics & Supplier Info

As one of the country’s most prized types of wood, Mahogany – specifically, Genuine Mahogany – is a wood that requires very little introduction. Mahogany is well loved mainly as a result of its beautiful reddish brown coloration, but it also has a number of other positive characteristics. For example, the trees from which Mahogany […]

Genuine Mahogany: The Beauty of Diversity

Just like the different individuals that make up a family or community, the various types of Mahogany are part of this lumber family’s beauty. At the same time, there are other types of lumber paraded as “Mahogany” when, in fact, they are of lesser quality. To the untrained eye, though, the label of “Mahogany” and […]

Key Differences Between Cherry And Mahogany

Cherishing beautiful wood is not a new thing. Sculpture, furniture, and buildings constructed from high quality wood all over the world date back generations. Two such prized woods are Cherry and Mahogany. Many people have problems telling Cherry and Mahogany apart because of their many similarities, and it’s no wonder why: Both are dark reddish […]