Wenge Lumber is one of the woods I use in my unique boxes! As with many exotic woods, it is usually selected for its dramatic appearance and color.
Wenge is typically found in Zaire and other small countries in West Africa. There are about 40 species of the Millettia Tree (which is the family of this wood) and these trees can grow 90 feet high and 3-4 feet around.
This wood is straight grained with a very coarse texture and stripes of blackish brown to light tan. Wenge sands reasonably well and gives a beautiful finish, if oiled properly. That being said, Wenge is a very porous wood and getting a good finish on it usually requires a skilled woodworker.
A few important things to note when working with Wenge:
1. Dust collection is essential when working wit this wood, as it can become toxic if ingested.
2. Any slivers or splinters should be attended to immediately as they can fester.
Stay tuned to my blog for more information on other types of wood used in my boxes and visit my website to see all of my pieces!