Native to the African Ivory Coast and Nigeria, Sapele is also known as Aboudikro, Sapelli, Sipo, and Tiama. Its veneer color is dark reddish-brown and often displays some manner of figuring, often prominent ribbon-stripe. Grain is usually straight or wavy.
Fuming is a process in which wood is exposed to ammonia vapors over time, resulting in natural wood veneer taking on a darker, warm color, while retaining many of its original characteristics. Fuming can produce a variety of different shades within a single veneer flitch, so it is recommended that a type sample be requested for approval. .