Panga Panga

Scientific name:  Millettia stuhlmannii

Description:  Heartwood is a very dark brown with black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil-finish) the wood can become nearly black.  Panga Panga has a straight grain and a coarse texture with very large pores that can present a challenge to fill if a perfectly smooth, leveled finish is desired.

Properties:  Can be difficult to work with hand and power tools. Blunts tool edges. Can sand unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Can easily get splinters when handling this wood, which tend to go septic.