On the flatsawn face of the heartwood, there is a chicken wing ("V" shape) pattern and that's where the name comes from, is the production of high-end furniture, decorations, decorative materials of the expensive wood.
The wood is popular in segmented woodturning because of its dimensional stability and color contrast when mixed with lighter woods such as maple. This makes it especially sought after in the manufacture of high-end wood canes.
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Wenge wood with hard and fine, no brown eyes and grain, feel very smooth.
The color the Wenge sapwood is light ,wood grain straight, the heartwood color is darker, wood grain buckling. There is a black line at the junction of the heartwood and the sapwood. Obvious growth rings.
The new wenge wood furniture is rough, wood silk is easy to be warped sometimes crack. And there is a bit difficulty to engrave wenge furniture, so it is also rarely to find the wenge furniture sets in the market.
Common Name(s): Wenge
Scientific Name: Millettia laurentii
Distribution: Central Africa
Tree Size: 60-90 ft (18-27 m) tall, 3-4 ft (1-1.2 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 54 lbs/ft3 (870 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .72, .87
Janka Hardness: 1,930 lbf (8,600 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 21,990 lbf/in2 (151.7 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 2,550,000 lbf/in2 (17.59 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 11,710 lbf/in2 (80.7 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.8%, Tangential: 8.1%, Volumetric: 12.9%, T/R Ratio: 1.7
Dining Table, Kitchen Countertop, Furniture panel
Full Stave: 800-4200x80-1500x18-50mm
Finger joint: 300-5000x100-1500x18-60mm