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Learn about Sapele

Sapele is a durable wood with beautiful graining and is frequently used as a mahogany substitute. The natural color of Sapele wood is a dark brownish-red with some occasional purple hues.

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flatsawn and quartersawn Sapele

Why Choose Sapele

Sapele is used in door & window manufacturing, flooring, siding, interior/exterior trim, architectural paneling and millwork as well as in crafting fine guitars, harps and ukeleles.

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J. Gibson McIlvain

We have provided fine lumber for major projects throughout the world, including the Supreme Court building, Smithsonian museums, Capitol building, the White House, and celebrity homes nationwide.

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J. Gibson McIlvain Company: Sapele Lumber Supplier

We carry Sapele in thickness 4/4 through 12/4, in varying widths & lengths from narrow & short to wide & long. Our Sapele is available in both quartersawn (straight) as well as flat sawn (cathedral) varieties. We also carry Sapele plywood to match our Sapele lumber.

J. Gibson McIlvain Company’s representatives travel to forests and sawmills throughout Africa to ensure that only the finest Sapele lumber is being purchased. By traveling directly to the source, we can also ensure that legal & sustainable forestry practices are being implemented. If desired, we can even provide FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified Sapele for your next project.

Nationally, we ship 500 board foot custom pulled orders all the way up to truckloads of Sapele and other wood products. Let us know what your next project or your current stocking program requires, and we'll let you know when we can fulfill and deliver your order.

To speak with one of our experienced sales representatives, call 1-800-638-9100. You can also email inquiries or questions to us, and an in-house sales representative will get back to you.

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