Scientific Name: Millettia laurentii
Grown in Central Africa, Wenge has a distinct color and pattern with its medium to dark brown heartwood with black stripes. Wenge has a straight grain with a very course texture and a uniquely low luster.
It is considered relatively difficult to work both with hand and machine tools. Mainly due to its blunting of tool edges. Additionally, the splintery nature of Wenge is known to be more troubling and injurious than most other wood splinters. Can also be challenging when sanding due to the variance in density within the wood.
It is rated as extremely durable and resilient against termite and decay