Khaya (often referred to as African Mahogany) ranges in color from light pink to medium brown to reddish brown. The figure on well-quartered pieces is the characteristic stripe resulting from interlocked grain. It is a strong wood with a coarser texture than Honduran Mahogany or Sapele, and has good tonal qualities. Workability, stability and low cost make this a very desireable tonewood.
Note: Sides can be difficult to bend because of variation in density within the piece (less water in bending is better than more).