Common Names: Sapele, Sapelli, Sapeli

Region: Tropical Africa

Janka Hardness: 1,410 lbf

Description: Heartwood is golden to reddish brown. Darkens with age. Sapele is known for a variety of grain patterns, including: ribbon pattern, pommele, quilted, mottles, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback. Grain is interlocked and sometimes wavy. Moderate insect/borer resistance as well as decay resistance. Sapele can be troublesome to machine. It also reacts with iron causing discoloration.

Common Uses: Furniture, cabinetry, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small specialty items.