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Wenge

Wenge

Janka Hardness 1630 (what's this? )
Wenge is 129% harder than Red Oak (1630 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for Red Oak).
  • Flooring Trade Name
    Wenge
  • Botanical Name
    Milletia, laurentii
  • Lumber Trade Name(s)
    Wenge
  • Origin
    Africa
  • Description
    Wenge has a grain that is fairly straight, with a medium to coarse texture and low luster.
  • Stability
    Wenge demonstrates a high level of stability, superior to Red Oak.
  • Safety/Allergic Reactions
    Wenge has been associated with respiratory and contact dermatitis allergic reactions. Care should be taken when exposed to the dust of Wenge.
  • Color Change (photo-sensitivity)
    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.
  • Color Range
    Wenge has aged features that are very uniform with dark brown coloring.  
  • Other Characteristics
    Its toxicity is well known in many parts of the world because the bark of several species is ground into a powder to numb fish for harvest. Dust collection systems are essential when working with wenge and remove wood slivers ASAP because they tend to fester.

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