Genuine Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) is an endangered species grown in South America. The trees can be hundreds of years old and grow 150ft in height. Genuine Mahogany has a long history of abuse and illegal logging so much that it is now protected by most governments. The mahogany seen in today’s market is either an imitation or plantation grown. “Old Growth” refers to those trees that are hundreds of years old and grown in the wild not plantation farmed. Our Lumber is unfortunately part of the tragic abuse of nature’s most majestic trees.
Genuine mahogany from Brazil has been guarded and protected by indigenous people for generations. Many lives have been lost trying to preserve these trees. Our lumber was illegally logged and milled in 2003 and placed on a boat destined for the United States. The lumber was confiscated by the US government when it reached the port of Miami Florida. The government then set the lumber in a yard until they decided what they were going to do with it. Many people believed that the government would eventually burn or destroy the lumber. After 15 years of debate they decided to release the lumber to the public rather than burn it.
In late September 2019 three friends got together and developed a plan to rescue the lumber. We wanted to honor the trees and the sacrifices made to protect them. We decided that the best way would be to put the lumber in the hands of people who can turn it into a beautiful work of art that will last for many years. We have over 600,000 board feet of this lumber and it is the last of its kind. It has been air seasoned for 16 years and it is the highest grade and rarest cuts available in the world. Our lumber can be used for finest musical instruments, counter tops and bars, yacht decking and furniture.
Please check out our preliminary price list and email me for special orders.
Jo Kirk Newbrough