The Braai Block is our flagship board. It comes in two different woods, Sapele and Afromesia. Like all our other wooden boards, the Braai Block does not have any glue or joints! These boards are handcrafted from specially-selected planks and have extra-large grooves with purpose.
About the wood: Sapele
Scientific Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum
Distribution: Tropical Africa
Janka Hardness: 1,410 lbf (6,280 N)
Color/Appearance: 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.
Grain/Texture: Grain is interlocked, and sometimes wavy. Fine uniform texture and good natural luster.
Rot Resistance: Heartwood ranges from moderately durable to very durable in regard to decay resistance. Moderate insect/borer resistance.
Availability: Should be moderately priced for regular plainsawn or quartersawn lumber, though figured lumber and veneer can be extremely expensive, particularly pommele or quilted Sapele.
Source: The Wood Database