Sapele is exotic among the wood species, but at all rare and traditionally very used.
Most of this trees come from West Africa, from Liberia to Angola, but also it can be found in East and Central Africa.
This kind of wood has a weak pink to dark red heartwood, quickly darkening to a red brown in time. One of the most traditional feature of Sapele is the interlocked grain.
It is a hard wood, reason why it has been used as construction lumber, but its bright and fine texture which makes of this wood a very common choice in the interior design, furniture, paneling or doors.
PBC uses NovoWood and NovoGold respectively as a substrate, surfaced with a genuine timber veneer. Veneers are ideal for flat surface wood finishes that can be combined with matching solid timbers moulded to shape. They offer an affordable solution to using solid timber. They are primarily used in upmarket applications such as solid timber kitchens, office and boardroom furniture as well as paneling or wall cladding
Veneer opens a whole new world of woodworking to even the most experienced craftsperson.
The crisscross design of wood veneer reduces the chances of splitting or cracking and the glue is the same strong, waterproof adhesive used in aircraft and marine construction!
The result is actually stronger than the natural wood. Many people mistakenly assume that veneered furniture is inferior to or cheaper than solid wood; however, veneers quite often are used for high end furniture pieces and it can be more costly than solid wood. With an exotic veneer, simple projects can be turned into works of art. In fact, a highly figured veneer can often be the qualifying characteristic that makes one project stand well above the rest.