- Native to: Forests of Zaire, Cameroon, Gabon, southern Tanzania, Mozambique and the Congo.
- Tree: Medium sized, may reach a height of 50 to 60 feet, with a trunk diameter of 30 to 36 inches.
- Sapwood: Pale yellow or white, clearly differentiated from the heartwood.
- Heartwood: Dark brown to black, with fine, very dark veins and pale lines. Fantastic contrast. Color variation between boards is reported to be moderate.
- Light and Air-Induced Changes: Exposure lightens the dark color of the wood, and lumber can be intentionally left in the sun to lighten the color.
- Grain: Fairly straight.
- Texture: Medium to coarse.
- Luster: Low.
- Movement: Fairly stable.
- Natural Durability: Heartwood is quite durable and resistant to termites. High weather resistance makes Wenge an option for some exterior applications.
- Working characteristics: Responds well to machine and hand tools, provided they are sharp. Because of the natural resins in the wood, special care must be taken in gluing and finishing operations.
- Strength: Varies with density. Bending strength is generally very high. Compressive strength parallel to the grain is exceptionally high. It is moderately hard and resistant to marring. High weight and density.
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I ordered several different types of...Posted June 13, 2011
I've ordered several peices of Wenge...Posted April 15, 2011
Was real happy with the wood...Posted August 3, 2010