The clearly defined heartwood is dark brown, with very close, fine, almost black veins. The closely spaced whitish bands of parenchyma give Wenge wood a very attractive appearance. It is fairly straight grained with a coarse texture. The material works fairly well with machine tools. The presence of resin cells in the wood sometimes interferes with gluing & polishing. Nailing is difficult & requires pre-boring. When filled, it can be brought to a satisfactory finish.