Unfortunately I came up pretty much blank on this one (heck, that's two this week. I'm gutted ) I get the impression it's a being used a bit like rubberwood; sustainable presumably, and easy to machine I'm betting. But like rubberwood there doesn't seem to be much info about, or suppliers. My only thought is to point you in the direction of Chris' Humungous List of Timber Suppliers for possible sources. Anyone else with more adventurous timber buying habits than I got any thoughts? Folks?
Thanks for the replys. I was hoping to get hold of some Mango wood to make a bed, we have just bought some furniture from a local furniture shop madwe from said wood and we really like it. It does not look like the wood in the pictures though. It is very dark and the grain seems to be tight but also random ( if that doesn't sound too stupid ) some sections look very much like Tiger Maple. I dont have a digital camera but if I can get hold of one I will post some pics.
Follow the link, tablesandchairs.co.uk and look at the Flagstone range. The wood looks much darker than the pictures in real life.
I believe there are several very different timbers that are sold under the title of "Mango Wood".
Surrey Timbers sometimes stocks large boards of Mutondo an African timber that they describe as Wild Mango. Because it's available in such big wide boards I've used it for quite a few waney edge, slab top desks and tables. In fact I chose this timber when I wanted a desk for myself, which is where I'm sitting typing this,
Here are some close ups of the Wild Mango surface,
Like many tropical timbers it's harder and heavier than most European timbers. The grain is often wild and interlocked which makes planing interesting, nothing insurmountable though. I generally surface these slabs with a bench plane as they're too big for my machinery, and it's all perfectly manageable. Wild Mango takes finish beautifully, this has just had a couple of coats of Osmo, which is all it took for a lustrous, 3D result where it's almost as if you're looking through the surface into the wood itself. It's not particularly oily so it glues easily enough. Plus, unlike a lot of exotics it's not crazy expensive, as always it's more about putting the time in to find the really good boards.