COLOR / GRAIN VARIATION
Typical : Medium Brown, Dark Red-Brown
New Color : Medium brown with red/ gold highlights, ribbon grain
Aged Color : Darkens slightly
Sapele is a reddish-brown wood that in many ways is very similar to Mahogany. A remarkable feature of sapele is that the grain is interlocked and changes direction in frequent, irregular intervals. Before WWI the principal demand for this wood came from Germany where it was used for decorative cabinet work. Sapele is also one of Europe’s most desired woods in manufacturing doors, windows and hardwood flooring. It has a wide variety of applications and is very popular as a decorative surface for high-grade furniture such as book cases and cabinets. It is a great alternative to genuine Mahogany.
WHERE IT GROWS
A large African tree ranging from Sierra Leone to Angola and eastward through the Congo to Uganda.
Heartwood ranges in color from that of medium to a dark reddish- or purplish-brown. Sapwood is whitish or pale yellow, distinct. Fine texture and interlocked grain produces a narrow and uniform stripe pattern on quartered surfaces. It has a cedar-like scent when cut. While sapele is similar in color to African mahogany, it is more durable than true mahoganies. Its strength is similar to oak.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Sapele was found in the propeller-blades of German Zeppelins.