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Botanical Name

Entandrophragma utile

Other Names

Sipo

Main Color Group

Reddish

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Easy

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

40

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

635

Janka Hardness - LBF

1180

Janka Hardness - Newtons

5260

Sipo Mahogany (commonly referred to as either just “Sipo” or “Utile”) is an African wood that is considered to be the closest, aesthetically, to Genuine Mahogany (although not a true “Swietenia”). It’s interlocked grains are akin to other African woods and generally produce a characteristic contrasting light-dark / two-toned sort of appearance, when quartersawn — which can be visually stunning in the case of more chatoyant boards. The fact that the wood is considerably easier to work, with less tearout, than African Mahogany and possesses a hardness that places Sipo between it (African Mahogany) and Genuine Mahogany has seen it transcend from relative obscurity to become a quite popular and highly regarded “mahogany substitute” wood, presently.

Aesthetically, the wood is similar, also, to its African first cousin, Sapele (with both being species of the Entandrophragma genus) — although Sipo is more pourous, and has richer color.

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Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is categorized as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Furniture, cabinetry, turned objects, veneers, musical instruments, boatbuilding, and carving.

Comments: Sipo makes a really great mahogany substitute, with nice color and stunning aesthetics, when quartersawn. Like many such woods, it can become discolored when left in contact with iron and other metals. When combined with its very modest price range, its continually growing popularity as such (mahogany substitute) is easy to understand.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Sipo
$42.0971.875 x 7.437 x 1 inSIPO1008

Cracks middle of board.

42.09
Sipo
$32.8056.5 x 6.032 x 0.875 inSIPO1007

Crack one end.

32.8
Sipo
$25.9444 x 6.125 x 0.875 inSIPO1006

Crack one end.

25.94
Sipo
$23.2839.9 x 6.062 x 0.875 inSIPO1005
Out of stock

Beautiful grain figure.

23.28
Sipo
$19.6648.062 x 4.25 x 1 inSIPO1004

Cracks one end.

19.66
Sipo
$18.2052 x 4 x 1 inSIPO1003
Out of stock

Crack one face.

18.2
Sipo
$26.9836.062 x 9.5 x 0.875 inSIPO1002

Nice grain pattern, board has slight twist.

26.98
Sipo
$27.8737.25 x 9.5 x 0.875 inSIPO1001
Out of stock

Nice grain pattern, board has slight twist.

27.87

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