Sustainable Forest Industries Limited
of Fiji

Genuine Big Leaf Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) from the well managed plantations of Fiji


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SFI, Ltd.
PO Box 1119
Nabua, Fiji Islands

SFI Proprietary Grades for Mahogany

SFI has developed Four Grades that reflect the unique properties of the Fijian Mahogany.  The names of the grades are based on Fijian culture:

Tabua Grade.  This is the highest grade available, a virtually clear product with scattered Fijian Mahogany Pinknots.  The name comes from the greatest gift a Fijian clan can give to another clan or visitor, the Tabua, a whale tooth.  The Tabua is a sign of high respect and friendship. 

Ratu Grade.  The Ratu grade is designed for those who want a bit more character to their material as it includes more pinknots.  Ratu, in Fijian, means chief, and we feel this is a grade worthy of the name.

Bula Grade.  "Bula!" is the warm welcome you receive every where you go in Fiji, meaning "welcome!" "hello!" or "Good to see you!"  It is a flexible and friendly word, and that reflects this grade.   This is an all purpose grade, and you can use it in a variety of roles.

Vinaka Grade.  Vinaka means "thank you" in Fijian and most of this grade originates from the top of the trees, where the tree is thankful for the sunlight.  There are some large knots in this grade, which can be used as is or cut around for clear cuttings.

Uro Grade.  Uro literally means "fat" in Fijian, but it is common slang for "attractive" or "hot."  If a Fijian walks up to you and says, "you're Uro," then you know they're interested!  We consider this grade, which is really a "mill run" mix of approximately 25% each of the above grades, to be a hot deal.  


To download a full chart (Excel file) outlining the grading rules in detail, please click here.

Click here to read "The Story of the Fijian Pinknot."


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Nabua, Fiji Islands
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