2 Minute Tonewoods #2: 5 Ways to tell African Mahogany from Genuine Mahogany

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Blog entry by Steve posted 08-20-2019 08:01 PM 899 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I always hesitate to write a blog post, either here or on our website has the potential to make me look…well, dumb.

It’s much easier on the ego to write one of those self-serving humble brags under the guise of teaching something.

”Let me tell you about the time I lost a 20 million dollar account…”

So it is with trepidation that I made a Youtube video about the difficulty of correctly identify African Mahogany (Khaya) verses Genuine Mahogany (Honduran Mahogany).

Let me clarify a few points:

#1 Most of the time I can easily spot the difference between the two specie without a closeup examination

#2 I’ve seen stellar _uniform color African Mahogany, grown in the optimal soil conditions of Ghana that could pass for Genuine Mahogany upon a cursory inspection.

#3 I’ve seen some wild grain, wild color, pin knot riddled Honduras Mahogany that did not look like Genuine Mahogany.

Despite being different species grown in different parts of the globe, Genuine and African Mahogany can mimic each other’s characteristics.

Full article is on our website here: Genuine Mahogany

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