AKA: Aboudikro, penkwa, muyovu, sapelli, libuyu, Gold Coast cedar, sapelewood
What: Hardwood tree that grows 150-200 feet high. It is a tall, straight tree that grows in evergreen, deciduous, and transitional forest formations
Where: Comes from eastern and western Africa – from the Ivory Coast to the Cameroons, and eastward through Zaire to Uganda
Properties: Sapele is a hard wood, harder than maple (Janka 1510). Has a look similar to African mahogany, but is more durable. It has a fine and even texture. Some of the interesting figures the tree produces include: pommele, fiddleback, and ribbon stripe.
Workability: Not suited for steam bending. Works easily with machine tools, but can be difficult to plane and may cause dulling of cutting edges. The wood finishes well and has a natural luster.
Uses: Highly prized furniture and cabinetry wood. Well-known for its paneling uses. Also used for joinery, shop fitting, office furniture, solid doors, countertops, piano casework, sports goods, flooring, boat building, vehicles, and coffins.