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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.


SIZES ARE IN INCHES
unless specified otherwise.


 





































































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Quilted Sapele pen blank
Figure at least GG grade

Price: $7.20
Qty: 


Quilted Sapele 1 x 1 x 12 gallery grade
dried

Price: $11.50 

Qty: 



Click photo for another view
These are dried figured sapele with nice figure (they aren't graded, see photos for two best sides).
 All pieces added here are from the same board and we are passing on a saving of close to 50% that we got on this board.
Figured Sapele
piece 56
2 x 2 x 12 inches

Price: $21.00

Figured Sapele
piece 60
2 x 2 x 12 inches

Price: $19.00



Click photo for another view
These are dried figured sapele with nice figure (they aren't graded, see photos for two best sides).
 All pieces added here are from the same board and we are passing on a saving of close to 50% that we got on this board.
Figured Sapele
piece 72
2.25 x 2.25 x 12 inches

Price: $48.00



Click photo for side 2
These are dried figured sapele. Figure is higher in some areas then others.

Quilted Sapele
piece C
2 7/8 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches

Price: $65.00



Click photo for side 2
These are dried figured sapele with great quality figure.
NOTES: color is consistent in pieces, lighter areas are affects from camera/lighting. If you move the pieces around those areas also move.
Piece A  is graded incorrectly in the picture, it should say:  gg/gg+  

No surprises: ALL four sides visible in photos:

Pieces not listed below, or that give an out of stock notice in the shopping cart are sold.

Click here for a THIRD side view.
Click here for FOURTH side view.

Quilted Sapele
piece E
1 11/16 x 1 11/16 x 17.5 inches

Price: $59.00



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