Quartersawn mahogany, or is it?
Some of it is, and obviously so.
The manager insists that mahogany is not truly "quartered and then sawn." He says that, as the wood comes out of the kiln, workers choose pieces for pattern grade and quartering characteristics. He says this is what you get when you order quartered Honduran mahogany.
Any thoughts or responses? We could hire an independent lumber grader to come to check the wood, and if it is indeed correctly graded his services would be at our expense.
The definition of quartersawn varies. Some people, including the U.S. Forest Products Lab, say that a piece is quartersawn when the rings are between 45 to 90 degrees with the face; otherwise it is flatsawn. The common definition in the industry is 75 to 90 degrees is quartered, 45 to 75 is rift. The National Hardwood Lumber Association has a slightly different definition: the ray fleck "must show well."
Just my opinion as a (former) lumber inspector for an importer. Sounds to me like what you got is what is commonly sold as "quartered" mahogany - it will include true quartered boards as well as rift sawn ones. Given your need with architectural requirements, you should have placed an order specifying exactly what you required - of course, the cost would have been more as well.
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