Wenge (Milletia, laurentii)
Trade Names: Wenge
Range: West Africa, Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, Zaire
Uses: Valuable veneer wood. Architectural wood for furniture, paneling and parquet flooring, construction lumber. Primarily used for the quarter grain.
Properties: The heartwood is a dark chocolate brown and has to be intensively cooked and sliced hot. Most resistant to fungi, insect attack and the weather.
Machining: Despite its hardness Wenge can still be worked well with all tools but this calls for considerable power.
Seasoning: Drying is very slow and only when properly controlled is there little risk of dry checking. Stability is very good in dried state.