Sapele is a large tree native to tropical Africa. It is a commercially important wood as its figure is similar to Mahogany and is occasionally used as a substitute of that noble wood. Sapele Crown Cut Fumé is specially elegant due to the smoking treatment that defines a dark, warm and glossy wood surface. In addition to that beautiful tone, the Crown Cut also helps to define an elegant figure in every bundle.
Sapele grain is interlocked and sometimes is also wavy. The texture is fine, uniform and presents a good natural luster. Sapele wood is typically used for decorative applications in that usesd where figure is important and a hardness is required such as flooring and doors. Figured Sapele is also used for fine carpentry and musical instruments.
Heartwood is a medium to dark reddish brown while colour tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, Sapele is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns. When it is smoked, the natural colour of Sapele turns darker and more contrasted. This treatment also makes the final surface glossier.
As shown in the pictures above, CHANNEL VENEERS selects the best logs of Sapele Crown Cut Fumé. This makes possible to provide wide bundles and also full lengths that are usually over 3.10 meters lenght. Althought the Sapele is a well know wood veneer, Sapele Crown Cut Fumé is an innovative product. Therefore, the company usually offers this reference on demand. Due to this way of producing the veneer, it is possible to produce the required bundle sizes and qualities. Please, Don’t hesitte to contact directly with the company if you are looking for a certain amount or an special quality of this product.