Dark brown heartwood with a distinctly off white sapwood. Can be difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Blunts tool edges. Sands unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Very splintery—care must be used when handling unfinished wood with bare hands, as splinters have an increased risk of infection. Very large pores can be difficult to fill if a perfectly smooth/level finish is desired.
|Wood Type||Exotic hardwood.|
|Texture||Very coarse texture, with low natural luster.|
|Grain Pattern||Grain is straight.|
|Health Risks||Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, breathing Wenge wood dust has been reported to cause central nervous system effects, abdominal cramps, irritation of the skin and eyes, and is a sensitizer. Also, Wenge splinters tend to take longer to heal and are more likely to go septic (get infected) than splinters from other woods.|
|Color||Heartwood is medium brown, sometimes with a reddish or yellowish hue, with nearly black streaks.|