Heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil finish) the wood can become nearly black. However, unlike most other dark hardwoods, the heartwood of wenge can lighten (rather than darken) when exposed to sunlight.Grain is straight, with a very coarse texture. Low natural luster.
Usually pronounced WHEN-gii or WHEN-ghay, this incredibly popular African hardwood has excellent strength and hardness properties, though it’s much more frequently used for its rich dark brown color.
- Origin of Wood Type Africa
- Avg. Weight Per BF 4.58 lb/ bf
- Rarity / Availability Readily Available
- Typical Avg. Width 3″ to 12″, can be found up to 30″ wide
- Typical Avg. Length 8′ to 12′ feet, can be found up to 14′ long’
- Wood Uses Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Flooring, Veneer and more/li>
- Lumber Grades FAS, Quartersawn (FAS), Flitch
- Other Trade Names Dikela, Mibotu, Bokonge, Tshikalakala, Awong, Nson-so, Palissandre du Congo
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