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Bubinga

Colour ranges from medium to dark red brown with purple veining but may run lighter. Unique grain patterns from swirls to quilting. May have gum pockets, but smaller and towards the pith. Also known as African Rosewood though it does not belong to this family.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Equatorial Africa

Scientific Name

Guibourtia spp. (G. demeusei, G. pellegriniana, G. tessmannii, etc.)

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.72

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.89

Janka Hardness

2410

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks. Sapwood is a pale straw colour and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Bubinga is very frequently seen with a variety of figure, including: pommele, flamed, waterfall, quilted, mottled, etc.

Grain/Texture

Grain is straight to interlocked. Has a uniform fine to medium texture and moderate natural luster.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; medium pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; mineral deposits occasionally present; growth rings distinct due to marginal parenchyma; rays faintly visible without lens; parenchyma vasicentric, aliform, confluent, and banded (marginal).

Rot Resistance

Ranges from moderately durable to very durable depending upon the the species. Bubinga is also reported to be resistant to termite and marine borer attack.

Workability

Easy to work overall, though depending upon the species Bubinga can have silica present, which can prematurely dull cutting edges. Also, on pieces with figured or interlocking grain, tearout can occur during planing or other machining operations. Gluing can occasionally be problematic due to Bubinga's high density and natural oils. Turns and finishes well.

Odor

Bubinga is reported to have an unpleasant scent when the lumber is still wet, which disappears after the wood is dry.

Allergies/Toxicity

Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Bubinga has been reported to cause skin irritation and/or skin lesions in some individuals.

Pricing/Availability

Should be moderately priced for an import. Figured grain patterns such as waterfall, pommele, etc. are likely to be much more expensive.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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