Wenge(scientific name: Millettialaurentii), has a heartwood of medium brown color, occasionally with a red or yellow hue, and almost black streaks. Its texture is very coarse, and grain is straight.

Wengeis commonly found in central Africa. It is very durable and resistant to termite attack.

Janka Hardness :

8,600 N(1,930 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

870 kg/m3(54 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Difficult to work with hand tools and machine tools, with a significant blunting effect on cutting tools. Difference in density between light and dark areas makes sanding uneven. Propensity to splinter makes it hazardous to work with bare hands. For a smooth or level finish, large pores must be filled.


Pricing / Availability

It is an expensive type of exotic wood and is generally available in the form of veneer sheets and wide boards.



This wood type has made its way on the IUCN’s Red List after losing more than half of its population in just the last 3 generations; with some of the loss being down to the natural decline of its species and some of it being down to human exploitation. It is not mentioned on the CITES Appendices list, however.


Common Uses

It is used for interior and exterior paneling, furniture, to manufacture turned wooden objects, and in the making of premium musical instruments.

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