Sapele Mahogany

General Info and Benefits

Sapele Mahogany (Sapelli, Sapeli) - Entandrophragma cylindricum

General Description
• Heartwood is shades of golden to dark red / brown
• Darkens with age
• Ribbon Grain is common

Physical Properties
• Janka Rating System = 1,410 (higher Janka rating = harder wood)

Where It Grows
• Tropical Africa
• Grows to a heights up to 145 feet high (rarely 195 feet).
• The trees can be huge and 4 foot diameter logs are not uncommon.

Relative Abundance
• Readily available though some countries have restrictions on felling these trees.

Did You Know?
• Sapele has a distinct, cedar-like scent while being worked.
• It can also react when put into direct contact with iron, causing discoloration and staining.

  • Sapele Ribbon Grain Mahogany
    Sapele Ribbon Grain Mahogany
    Sapele Ribbon Grain Mahogany, also known as Quarter Sawn Sapele, shows a more "ribbon striped" appearance than straight grain Sapele. Its color can vary from golden brown to dark reddish brown. Due to its more consistent color and grain characteristic compared to other mahogany looks, Sapele is Decore-ative Specialties mahogany material of choice.