Utile Veneer

Utile veneer (Sipo)

Utile is also called Sipo, and grows in the moist, high forests of tropical west and east Africa, specifically in Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Liberia, Gabon, Uganda, Angola, the Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Utile has a light brown sapwood that is distinct from its heartwood, and when first cut, Utile’s heartwood is pinkish brown, darkening in colour to a rich, red or purple brown.

Utile texture is moderately fine and the grain can range from interlocked to irregular, which will yield a wide, irregularly striped figure on quartered surfaces.

Utile finishes well, and filling the grain is recommended to attain the best finish.

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