Wenge | Janka Hardness: 1930lbf
Coming from the open forests of Zaire, Cameroon, Gabon, Tanzania, Mozambique and the Congo region (that's Africa folks), Wenge (Millettia laurentii) is tightly grained, very dark wood.
The heartwood of wenge is dark brown countered by nearly black grain that is straight and striated—it's so tightly packed that it is almost hard to tell what's heartwood and what's grain. The texture is very coarse, mainly due to the tightly packed grain, which does not sand and finish all that well—ridges and valleys make for a rather variated finish. But for all of the woes it may pose when finishing, the strength, resiliency and look of this wood species makes it a cut above the rest. When sealed, the color takes on a darker complexion, bordering on ebony, which has a fluidity and movement that is second to none.