I turned this piece on my lathe and then did some hand carving. This bowl sits ready to take off, you can almost feel the lift. This was a challenge to me and my ability to work out some turning challenges. This bowl, while it will hold objects, will stand on its own and show off its beauty. As an addition to your Art Collection it will quickly become a favorite of your friends and family. It will also move to the top of the heirloom list.
The bowl is 10 3/4" in diameter and 3 1/2" tall and only weighs 10 oz.
Sapele wood is from Tropical Africa. The following is some of its characteristics: A - Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, Sapele is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback.
B -Sapele can be troublesome to work in some machining operations, (i.e., planing, routing, etc.), resulting in tearout 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.
C -This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as vulnerable due to a population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.
D - Sapele is a commonly exported and economically important African wood species. It’s sold both in lumber and veneer form. It is occasionally used as a substitute for Genuine Mahogany, and is sometimes referred to as “Sapele Mahogany.” Technically, the two genera that are commonly associated with mahogany are Swietenia and Khaya, while Sapele is in the Entandrophragma genus, but all three are included in the broader Meliaceae family, so comparisons to true mahogany may not be too far fetched.
Usually pronounced (sah-PELL-ey) or (sah-PEEL-ey).
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