For years, this wood has been difficult
to get and has now become almost impossible to acquire in the USA.
Part of the reason is that it is almost all being sold to veneer and other
manufacturers in China, who pay more and have thus cornered the market.
The wood is worth more as veneer and the lumber prices for the small remaining
stocks of highly figured solid wood are now very high. Wood with
medium or low or no figure is still easy to get and much less expensive.
The figure may look like the pictures above or others below (more quilted/curly
or intensely quilted, or a combination of the two). The color can
also be lighter or darker as well. Most people are very happy with
our gallery grade (gg) material, and even gallery grade minus (gg-) material
is very nice compared to most figured woods. If you have questions
about specific pieces, do not hesitate to email for specific answers.
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These are dried quilted sapele with great quality figure. It is difficult to show you the intensity of the figure without a video showing how it catches the light. One of my favorite figured woods. Sapele like this rarely reaches the USA. Generally it is bought in bulk by large firms that take all the good quality figured wood to China. Most figured sapele now being imported is basically a reject the Chinese companies do not want. These pieces below were imported before this current situation prevented good figure from reaching us. Notes: Grades: GG: 2,3,4,7,8,10,12,13,14. GG- : 1,15. GG/GG+: 5,6,9,11. also, sorry, 3 pics instead of 4, missing side looks like side 2
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