Sapele heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown and color tends to darken with age. Quartersawn sapele often has a ribbon like pattern. Sapele can be troublesome to work in some machining operations, (i.e., planing, routing, etc.), resulting in tear-out due to its interlocked grain. It will also react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained. Sapele has a slight blunting effect on cutters, but it turns, glues, and finishes well. Common uses include veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items. These blanks are kiln-dried and are sealed with wax around the perimeter only to seal the end grain. 6" x 3" Round Bowl Turning Blank.