Color Variation in Hardwood Lumber

Rob wanted to provide some insight into what to looks for and expect when it comes to color variation in a variety of the hardwood we offer. He provide some insight into the causes of color variation and how to solve for it. By Rob Nienaber  I had been in the domestic Hardwood business for…

Thompson Mahogany Give Back

Thompson Mahogany (TMC) Employees were recently asked by St. Marks Church in Conshohocken, PA to donate jars or cans of Turkey gravy to The Colonial Neighborhood Council for Thanksgiving. TMC employees joined together in support of the cause and in less than one week, donated 63 jars of Turkey gravy. St Marks Church and Colonial…

4/4 Jatoba “Brazilian Cherry” Ribbon Lumber

Here are some pictures of our 4/4 Jatoba “Brazilian Cherry” Ribbon Lumber that we just had come in.  We have been taking pictures of the lumber as it comes in and is bundled. We will try to share more photos  here as they come in. This 4/4 Jatoba Lumber has some really beautiful texture with it’s ribboning…

Robert P. Thompson 1920-2014

  On Friday the 3rd of October, we laid to rest a great business leader, friend, confidant and most of all, a genuine person. Robert P. Thompson led Thompson Mahogany Co. to great heights. He lived a full and exciting life including graduation from Princeton University, Serving in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War…

We have FSC 100% Spanish Cedar in Stock

We now have FSC 100% Spanish Cedar in Stock and ready to ship. We are pleased to offer 4/4, 6/4, and 8/4 Spanish Cedar, FAS/SEL, KD, RWL, FSC 100%. This FSC 100%  Spanish Cedar comes from South American forests which are sustainable and well managed.  Spanish Cedar is extremely durable.  It’s heartwood becomes a red…

Beli Lumber on Special

We currently have Beli Lumber on special at Thompson Mahogany.  Beli (Julbernardis pellegriniana) is an economical substitute for Zebrawood.  It is roughly 65% of the cost of Zebrawood.  The quarter sawn has distinctive stripping. However, it usually lacks as sharp contrast between dark (ebony colored) and light (ivory colored) stripping that Zebrawood has;  the coloring…

African Mahogany vs Sapele vs Utile Lumber

  There are five woods from African considered as ‘Redwoods’ (Mahoganies or Mahogany looking and substitutes).  Theses woods are in order of cost from least to most: Okoume, Tiama (also known as Edinam), Sapele, African Mahogany (has several names), and Utile (Sipo). The woods we stock at Thompson Mahogany are: African Mahogany/Khaya, Sapele and Utile/Sipo. Thompson…

Elevated Ipe Deck with Ipe Lattice

Comparing Decking Materials

  Our sister company East Teak Fine Hardwoods did a great blog post comparing all of the specs on the most of the decking wood products available. It does a good job of cutting through the marketing and getting down to the actual materials that are available. We do wholesale trade in Cumaru, Garapa, Ipe decking, and Massaranduba  with…