Wenge

This wood is increasingly used to make instruments. Although at the beginning it was only used for necks and fingerboards, it’s been more and more required for other parts of the instrument after discovering its excellent acoustic qualities.

Wenge stands out for its rigidity, hardness and stability. The sound offers pronounced middle tones and warm lows. It also offers a more powerful resonance and a touch of sound brightness when it’s well treated. It gets to reduce the higher tones get in a very similar way to Rosewood.

All these properties are the reason why Wenge has gained popularity among luthiers. Try its great acoustic quality with these acoustic rings that we are offering at Maderas Barber.

BOTANICAL NAME: Milettia leurentii

COMMERCIAL NAMES: Awong, Panga-Panga

ORIGIN: Central Africa

DESCRIPTION: 830 Kg/m3 density. The whiteness wood colour is cloudy or light yellow and the heartwood goes from dark brownish to violet black with thin grains. The fibre is straight and the porous are thick.

SUGGESTIONS: It’s highly recommended to use a big powerfulequipment for serrating, utils are quickly blunt. Gluing is tricky due to the presence of resin cells.

DRYING: Drying time is slow, there is a risk for deformations.

USES: Musical instruments, furniture, woodworking.

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