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Wenge Species Details   (Back to Species List)

Detailed information pertaining to Wenge (Milletia, laurentii) is detailed below:

Specie Names
Lumber Name(s): Wenge.
Grown in: Central Africa.
Wenge is a uniform dark chocolate brown color that is used primarily for contrasting accent strips or in those areas desiring such bold dark look. Wenge is offered in selected straight grain for a very uniform look or in mixed graining, where the flat sawn figure yields a visible “flower” look. A related species from East Africa, Panga Panga, is also offered in the trade. It has the same graining as Wenge but with a more yellowish tone to it and never darkens as much as Wenge.
Color Range and Color Change
Color Range: Wenge, once aged is very uniform in color. Selected straight grain yields the most uniform selection.
Color Change: Wenge exhibits a large degree of color change with pronounced darkening from the yellowish color it is when freshly milled to a deep chocolate/black brown when aged. This process happens within a few months.
Where to Use
Wenge, one of the world's premier dark species, is used wherever a strong contrast is desired when used as accent strips, or may be used where the dark color and unique graining will make a design statement. Wenge and may used residentially & commercially.
Special Characteristics and Issues
Site Sanding/ Finishing: Oil finishes may react adversely/not dry when used on Wenge. ALWAYS test the finish you propose to use FIRST on test pieces to insure compatibility.
Allergic Reactions: Wenge has been known to cause respiratory and contact dermatitis allergic reactions. Care should be taken when exposed to the dust of Wenge.
Product availability
Available in the following collections: Explorer Africa.
See a list of all Wenge products.
Hardness Chart
Hardness Chart for Wenge.
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