WENGÈ

wenge> BOTANICAL NAMES
Milettia laurentii. It belongs to the family of Leguminosae Papilionatae.

> TRADE NAMES
It is wherever known with the name Wengè.

> ORIGINAL NAMES
Awong – Cameron 
Anon – Spanish Guinea 
N’Gondou – French Congo

> GROWTH AREA 
This tree grows in the tropical African forests, especially from the West Cameron to Belgian Congo.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES 
Sapwood and heartwood are clearly distinguished. The first could reach 3 centimetres of wideness and it is almost white, distinguished from heartwood which could change colour, from a gold-brown to a dark brown with black streaks. Wengè is a very decorative wood. It has a coarse pore structure, straight and presents discordant twist. Growth areas are several and clearly recognisable. This wood is very heavy, with a little tendency to shrinkage and very resistant to mechanical pressure and traction.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT 
The specific weight of the sawn wood dried on open air, could change from a minimum of 850 to a maximum of 950 Kg/m3

> DRYING METHOD 
Due to a natural warping tendency, wengè must be dried very slowly and carefully.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING 
This wood is difficult to manufacture because of its typical hardness and of the large quantity of resin. This inconvenience can be overcome using the right tools. This wood can be easily sawn, polished or carved, but it creates difficulties in finishing, varnishing and especially in gluing. This wood is not particularly liable to insect attack: the wengè is durable and is usually used for the production of modern interior furnishings. It also produces precious veneers.