Sapelli is among the most important export woods from Africa’s tropical forests. In the 1960s, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire were the main export countries for this type of wood. In more recent times, the Republic of the Congo, Central Africa and Cameroon have taken that place.


Botanical name: Entandrophragma cylindricum
Overall character: Colored timber that is only slightly porous on the surface area. Thanks to its structure, tint and gloss, this wood looks especially aesthetically pleasant.
Color and structure: The splint can be narrow or wide, with a grey to yellowish color. The heartwood has a light pinkish brown color that darkens and turns into a deep auburn.
Characteristics/features: Hard to moderately hard wood of a slightly higher strength than Sipo, comparable to Oak. Processing with tools all kinds is very easy and even possible on dry wood.
Areas of use: Sapelli is often used in the form of solid wood or as a veneer for furniture construction and high-quality indoor construction, as well as for stairs and parquet.