Origin Name: African
Characteristics of Wenge Wood
Heartwood is a very dark brown with black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil-finish) the wood can become nearly black.
Grain is generally straight.
African Wenge is very durable, and resistant to termite attack.
When handling unfinished wood with bare hands, splinters have an increased risk of infection. Very large pores can be difficult to fill if a perfectly smooth/level finish is desired.
African Wenge has a faint, slightly bitter scent when being worked.
This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List.
Veneer, panelling, furniture, turned objects, and musical instruments.
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