FSC® 100% panga panga
Panga panga (Millettia stuhlmannii) is closely related to Wenge (Millettia laurentii) from West and Central Africa and the two species share common appearance, qualities and woodworking characteristics.
Other names: mpangapanga (Swahili), jambire
Uses: panga panga is well known in specialist hardwood markets including musical instruments, flooring and high quality furniture and kitchens.
Panga panga's tonal qualities make it an excellent choice for luthiers and the wood is increasingly popular for making guitars.
Celebrated luthier, Ervin Somogyi, recently stated that in terms of the sound it produces, wenge / panga panga should be considered "in the same category as the most-prized of traditional guitar-making woods, Brazilian rosewood. The thing that appeals to me about wenge is that it is very live. When you hold a piece of it up and tap on it without damping any of its vibrational modes, it’ll ring like a piece of glass, plate of steel, or a crystal brandy snifter. This quality is known as vitreousness, which literally means glasslike-ness."
Another Luthier, Dana Bourgeois, has also compared wenge / panga panga to Brazilian rosewood: "a dense, dark-colored African hardwood unrelated to the rosewoods, has tonal properties remarkably similar to those of Brazilian rosewood."
Average dried weight: 800-900kg/m3 at 12% MC
Janka hardness: 1,640 lbf (7,310 N)