Griffin Exotic Wood

Quilted Sapele
(entandrophragma cylindricum)

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.  Thanks!


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Quilted Sapele pen blank
Figure at least GG grade

Price: $6.75

Quilted Sapele 1 x 1 x 12 gallery grade
kiln dried

Price: $11.50 


A very RARE offering. I have not seen these for sale before--ever. These are Sapele BURL . The eyes are these large chatoyant tear drops that really catch light, this is probably a one time thing. Both boards are the same size: 1 3/8 x 5 x 35 inches and both are completely dried

These two have sold.

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