The sapwood is whitish, and the dark brown heartwood has
fine, close, blackish veining resulting in a handsome appearance,
especially on tangential surface. The luster is low, and
odor and taste are not distinct.
The texture is coarse, and the grain is straight to slightly
wavy. The wood is reported
to have good resistance to bending and to shock.
This timber is easy to work and veneers well, but polishing
Wenge is used for heavy construction, crossties, tool handles,
furniture and cabinets. When a handsome and dark appearance
is desired for flooring, wenge is especially attractive. The veneer is useful
work in furniture and interior decoration. Woodworkers find
wenge interesting for carving and turnery.