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Bubinga

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Species Description: Wood Species

As most of you already know, this is a very popular African import. There are multiple species of the Guibourtia genus that are known as Bubinga, so colors and aesthetics can vary dramatically. A variety of different, quite strunning figures often decorate its grains (pommelle, waterfall, mottled and wildly flamed); its base color can range from a lighter pinkish red to light- to medium-brown. Trees can grow to towering proportions, so the larger specimens are often cut into large, live-edge slabs.

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Sustainability: This species is listed in CITES Appendix II but not on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species; although there have been some rumblings that this status could be changing, amidst a downturn in (US) supply over the last year or so.

Common Uses: Veneer, inlays, musical instruments, fine furniture, cabinetry, turnings, and other specialty items.

Comments: Bubinga is well known for its use as a rosewood substitute. [Ironically, perhaps, more strikingly figured examples (with pommelle or waterfall figuring) can fetch prices greatly eclipsing typical rosewood price thresholds.] The wood has become hugely popular and constantly in demand with veneer mills, furniture craftsmen — who love building desks and conference tables with the often stunning, huge slabs — and progressive guitar luthiers. Its nickname, “African Rosewood,” can be very misleading, as the wood is not of the Dalbergia species, and not all wood sold as “African Rosewood” is Bubinga (or is even of the Guibourtia species).

Over the last year, we’ve seen supplies in the US dip — leading to price increases on the wholsale and retail level, and causing some sources to speculate that Bubinga could possibly be drawing the attention of CITES and / or the IUCN in the very near future.

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Botanical Name

Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, Guibourtia tessmannii

Other Names

Kevazingo

Main Color Group

Reddish

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Medium

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

56

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

890

Janka Hardness - LBF

2410

Janka Hardness - N

10720

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
BUBINGA
R660.23BUB1008
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Beautiful board with a few nots

a
BUBINGA
R835.76BUB1007
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board

aaa
BUBINGA
R682.12BUB1006
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Beautiful board with a crack in the middle

ab
BUBINGA
R722.14BUB1005
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

lovely board with minor defects and cracks on one surface

a
BUBINGA
R824.09BUB1004
Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Beautiful board

aaa
BUBINGA
R668.25BUB1003
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Lovely board with a cracks on 1 of the long sides

a
BUBINGA
R729.35BUB1002
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with minor defect on 1 surface

a
BUBINGA
R747.09BUB1001
Grade

A

Piece Type

Straight Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with crack on 1 end

a

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