Khaya mahogany wood

Fast-growing tree, wood is extremely strong, fairly easy to work and it has a beautiful red-brown color.

Khaya who?

The name Khaya probably doesn't ring a bell, but it's originally an African tree species. And because of its red-brown color it's called African mahogany. Khaya is a fast-growing timber tree. Within the first year, a Khaya plant develops a deep root system, which makes it resistant to drought and it survives well in poor areas, such as in Vietnam.

Fast growing tree

The Khaya tree grows fast. Almost twice as fast as American mahogany. Within 10-12 years the tree is mature and gives fruits. They are round in shape and contain seeds. The seed oil is used for cooking. Due to the short growing and maturing period, Khaya is considered as sustainable. Unlike other imported woods, Khaya is non-invasive and does not harm the environment.

Local wood production

With the help of international organizations, local farmers are increasingly building up forest plantations in Vietnam. They manage to do that independently or in cooperatives, in order to produce wood in a more sustainable way. By doing so, they also get a better market price for their products and they acquire a more stable income. In addition, many farmers work together to protect their forest against illegal logging.

Sustainable wood

The Khaya wood we use for our production is sourced from sustainable plantations. The wood is dried on site, sawn to size and processed into all kinds of high quality goods. Traditionally, Khaya wood is used for boat building, and it´s ideal for furniture and guitars. Our tableware is handcrafted, lasts for years and looks beautiful!

Pattern and color

Freshly sawn, Khaya wood has a pink color that slowly changes to red-brown. The wood shows beautiful drawings caused by the cross thread. The sapwood of Khaya wood is usually yellowish in color. When fresh, the color difference between sapwood and heartwood is not great, but later it becomes much clearer under the influence of light and beautiful patterns are created.