January 1, 2010, Newsletter Issue #12: Hot Exotic Hardwood

Tip of the Week

African Mahogany is a hot choice for home and commercial hardwood flooring. Also known as "Khaya," African Mahogany is found throughout Africa and is harvested from trees that grow to 110-140 feet with trunk diameters as large as 6 feet! African Mahogany has a signature reddish-brown color. It's texture is course, lending to it a rustic look perfect for homey living rooms, dens, and offices.

Because of African Mahogany's popularity, illegal logging practices do occur. You can avoid buying these products by looking for African Mahogany that originates from non-old growth logging and that the organization you purchase from is accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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