West, Central and East Africa, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Zaire, Uganda.
High quality architectural woodwork. Popular wood for this purpose in the USA, Australia and Japan.
Due to the unique growing pattern of this tree its wood provides a veneer pattern which is almost figured and, as a result, particularly attractive.
The growth form of the Sapele has no significant negative effect on machining. Care must be taken that the fibres in the interlocking grain zones do not pick up when machining is done.
Drying should be carried out same as for Sapele.
The wood can be stained, varnished and polished well but the resin content has to be considered and must be washed out. Highly polished surfaces are particularly effective.
Joints using glue, screws and nails can be produced without any difficulties and are durable.