Rosewood – African

Category: Tag:

Species Description: Wood Species

African Rosewood is a species from the same genus as Bubinga (Guibourtia), which has led to Bubinga often mistakenly being referred to as “African Rosewood.” Though obviously not a true rosewood, it does often bear aesthetic similarities. The grain is generally straight but can be interlocked; its texture is moderately fine. The heartwood color ranges from pink to reddish-brown, with purple or red streaks / lines / highlights.

African Rosewood works well, although it can have a moderate blunting effect on tools. It glues and finishes well. It needs to be dried slowly and carefully, to prevent warping and cracking. It’s a durable wood and is considered stable, once dried.


Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Furniture, flooring, decking, architectural paneling & woodwork, veneer, interior trim, musical instruments, boatbuilding, turnings, small decorative and specialty items.

Comments: This wood has been used for a huge variety of roles in its native Africa. The tree, itself, and its budding flowers have been used for everything from cooking oils, to nutrional / healing drinks and even for producing a red dye which African craftsmen use for staining furniture.

The wood is considered very durable, thus seeing it used in a host of exterior as well as interior applications. It is relatively easy to work, although it can be very difficult to dry.


Available on backorder

Botanical Name

Guibourtia coleosperma

Other Names

African Rosewood, False Mopane

Main Color Group


Grain Pattern




Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3


Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3


Janka Hardness - LBF


Janka Hardness - Newtons


Knife Scales - Rosewood - African
R69.00R126.5012 × 3.5 × 0.95 cmKNIFEROSEAF1001

African Rosewood Knife Scales – Bookmatched set

Choose small or large from dropdown

Small minimum dimensions: 12×3.5×0.95cm
Large minimum dimensions:min 17×3.5×0.95cm

Pen Blanks - Rosewood - African
R34.5013 × 2 × 2 cmPENROSEAF1001
Weight 0.08 kg
Dimensions 13 × 2 × 2 cm
Botanical Name

Guibourtia coleosperma



Piece Type

Pen Blank



Title Discount Range
Bulk Blanks 5% 5 - 9
Bulk Blanks 10% 10 - 19
Bulk Blanks 20% 20 +

African Rosewood Pen Blanks
Price is for one blank
Discounts may apply if you take five or more
Blanks will be minimum 13x2x2

Rosewood - African
R3,593.75R3,832.95240 × 14 × 2.6 cmMULTROSEAF1001

Multi-pack of African Rosewood. Pack quantities work in units of volume. 0.1m3 per unit. For a larger volumes, add multiple packs to your cart.

  • Lengths: Various standard lengths available.  Your last plank will be shorter to round off the m3 you selected.
  • Thickness: Various standard thicknesses available.
  • Widths: Random widths, 100mm & up (average 140mm)

Although we don't have any listed pieces for this species available in our online store, add this species to your Quote Request and we'll get back to you with availability in our warehouse.