Origin: Eastern Canada & US
Latin Name: Prunus Serotina
Attraction: reasonably priced, easy to work with, good availability, and environmentally sound. Most stock is what is referred to as "shorts", sold by the bundle of approximately 10 sqft. and typically 4-6' long.
Challenge Maybe :) Darkens significantly, at least the heartwood, with exposure to
Country of origin: Central Africa
Latin name: Millettia laurentii
Attraction: Amazing intense black colour, used often as an inlay, ...good lengths and widths of rough wenge lumber
Challenge: Coarse grain structure that likes to splinter