The wenge is a very heavy wood with well-differentiated heart of dark brown color, variegated by light stripes, parallel in the radial surfaces.

The grain is straight with medium to coarse texture.

Technological properties

The wenge is characterized by a hard wood and quite easy workmanship. The worked surfaces are smooth, the finishing treatments with paints can present difficulties for the extractions contained in the wood.

Exceptionally resistant and a very rigid wood.

There are frequent attacks by insects borne by plants in the forest, so much so that the wood coming from strongly degraded plants takes on the trade the name “Wengè camolato”.

Once seasoned it is mushroom-resistant and resistant to termites.


Given its peculiar aesthetic characteristics, it is particularly appreciated for carpentry and fine crafts, cabinet-making, veneering, flooring, sports tools, luxury furniture, objects such as brushes, knife handles and toys.

Typical defects

Predisposed to chipping in areas of grain.

Dettagli tecnici del wenge

Family Leguminosae
Scientific name Millettia spp
Other names Panga-panga, Palissandro del congo, Awong, Bokonge, Kiboto
Geographic origin Equatorial belt of Africa, in particular forests of the Monzambique and Congo basin
Medium Specific Weight Fresh 1150 kg/m3
Dried 880 kg/m3
Sawing With attention to the remarkable hardness
Drying Slow, some risk of deformations
Planing Difficult for the Hardness and abrasiveness
Gluing Tannins prevent good adhesion
Nailing and screwing It is advisable to perform the preliminary drilling of the seats

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