Griffin Exotic Wood

Figured 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. 

Grading system:
gallery grade plus (gg+)=outstanding highest figure with distinct figure over 90% of the piece on FOUR faces.
gallery grade (gg) = Very high figure with distinct figure over at least 90% of the piece on two faces.  Sometimes there is four face figure, but not enough to be GG+
gallery grade minus (gg-): A very nice figured piece, no specific rules about where the figure is but any reasonable person would call it a piece of "figured" wood.


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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

Price: $11.50 


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These are dried quilted sapele with great quality figure. With this group I've marked the grade below the pieces in the first photo. Pieces not listed below are sold. Note that they all say Quilted sapele, but technically some are pomele sapele or a mixture of both figure types.

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

THESE ARE OUT OF STOCK BUT WE EXPECT MORE SOON during summer  2020--email us for details 

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An almost unknown burl. We had a small supply a couple years ago and it sold in minutes. I thought it was gone but found this one behind another board in the shop, so here is one last chance to get this for anyone who missed the other ones years ago. This board DOES fit the large flat rate box with USPS.

Sapele Burl board
1 5/16 x 8 3/8 x 23 inches

Price: $SOLD

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