Sapele is exotic among the wood species, but at all rare and traditionally very used.
Most of this trees come from West Africa, from Liberia to Angola, but also it can be found in East and Central Africa.
This kind of wood has a weak pink to dark red heartwood, quickly darkening to a red brown in time. One of the most traditional feature of Sapele is the interlocked and visible grain.
It is a hard wood, reason why it has been used as construction lumber, but its bright and fine texture which makes of this wood a very common choice in the interior design, furniture, paneling or doors.
Classical Exotic Contrast.
Depending on the cutting technique, we can obtain interesting effects. In this case, we get a shining striped veneer with a simple outer aspect by cutting Sapele in quarters, whereas a tangential flat cut procures a clearly defined pattern because of its interlocked grain.
That is why Sapele gives you the possibility to fill rooms with a subtle exotic African scent, or even be used as a deliberate contrast to modern element. It is a perfect way to come back to the natural feeling.