Wengé Tree and Wood

Wengé Deciduous tree (ll)

(Wood color of Wengé)
"Millettia laurentii"
Family: Leguminosae, also known as; Awong - Kiboto - N'toko

About the Wengé Tree

Freshly sawed Wenge-wood is light yellow / brown colored. By drying and the influence of sunlight it becomes increasingly darker. Over time, exactly the opposite will happen. The wood colors lighter by sunlight. This durable wood comes from a tree only 20 to 25 meters high with a diameter of 60 to 100 cm. Wenge grows mainly in Tropical West Africa, Zaire, Came Roon, Gabon, Tanzania.

The Inflorescence, Seedboxes, Leafs and Illegally logged in Congo of theWengé Tree

Wengé inflorescenceWengé seedbones
Wengé leafsWengé Illegally logged in Congo

Positive Traits of Wengé Wood

Wenge is beautifully patterned. It is good to work up. By its hardness tools will become rapidly blunt. To finish off the wood , wax is preferred over oil or varnish, due to its warm effect.

Negative Traits of Wengé Wood

As many other tropical wood, Wenge contains chemicals. If worked up these chemicals may cause gastrointestinal disorders and/or skin problems to people who are sensitive to these chemicals. Wenge-splinters are difficult to remove and cause an instant inflammation. The dark/brown pigment in Wenge-wood can dissolve in water and stain. By outdoor application, the Wenge-wood has to be protected by a coating. Drilling beforehand is necessary by nailing or screwing. The wood is sensitive for splitting. Gluing is moderate and bending is bad to do.

Density and Durability of Wengé Wood

The average weight of 1m³ of Wenge-wood at a moisture content of 12% is 850 kilograms. Durability ll

Applications Wengé Timber

Due to its positive qualities this wood is suitable for many applications. Parquet and strip flooring, window- and door- frames, wall paneling, stairs and steps, but also for wood-turning and -carving items. It is the inspiring material for sculptors. The furniture industry uses the solid Wenge-wood as well as the veneer.

The Wengé Tree