Reg Barber selected Wenge Wood for it's color and dramatic appearance. This barista tool has a dark brown heartwood, almost black. On the surface pencil-thin tan lines interspersed with blackish brown stripes make the surface appear as if it has been stroked by the fine claws of a wild animal. It is farmed mostly in West Africa. After it is turned on a wood lathe it is hand sanded and polished for a beautiful finish. The process itself can take up to four days. This particular tamper handle comes with an inlayed crown to prevent damage to your equipment from tapping the sides of the portafilter. Custom engraving looks brilliant with all the Reg Barber coffee tampers!