Cumaru lumber is extremely stiff, strong, and hard, lending itself well to a variety of applications. Great substitute of the much more scarce Lignum Vitae and the heartwood fluoresces under a blacklight.
Iroko is stable, durable, and has an overall look that somewhat resembles Teak. Given the high prices of genuine Teak, Iroko can be a great substitute with lower cost; also for Afromosia.
Jatoba, similar in color to the domestic Cherry that is found in the US as it has an aged reddish-brown found in some interior furniture. Jatoba is exceptionally stiff, strong, and hard; offering great value for those seeking high-strength and low-cost lumber for their projects.
African Mahogany has a good natural luster with a light-refracting optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy. As well that is comprised of a handful of species from the Khaya genus, all of which are native to Africa. In contrast to other Mahogany, this one tends to be less reddish brown color.
Sapele, an economically important African wood species, is sold both in lumber and veneer form. Often used as a substitute for Genuine Mahogany with a golden to dark reddish brown color has a great natural luster.
Teak, extensively used in India for centuries, has become a worldwide favorite. With its excellent stability, good strength properties, easy workability, and great resistance to decay and rot.
Genuine Mahogany goes by many names, not to be confused with cheaper imitations such as Philippine Mahogany. Genuine Mahogany or Swietenia Macrophylla is considered to be the real and true species when referring to ‘Mahogany’. Included in CITES II, as its beauty and phenomenal stability has made this lumber widely used now regulated to certified sustainable sources.
Philippine Mahogany is a loose term that applies to a number of wood species coming from southeast Asia. Scientifically, the name Philippine Mahogany has been used to encompass most commercial lumber found in the Shorea genus, where it is very commonly used in its native Southeast Asia. There is an abundance of variety between the different species: each with different working properties, appearances, and mechanical strength values.