Bubinga, also called Kevazingo(scientific name: Guibourtiademeusei, G. pellegriniana and G. tessmannii), has a heartwood of pink-red to dark-red brown in color, with purple/black streaks. Sapwood is of pale straw color and is clearly distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is fine to medium, luster is moderate and grain is straight to interlocked. Figure can vary, including pommele, flamed, waterfall, quilted, mothed and others.

Bubinga is commonly found in equatorial Africa. It ranges from moderately to very durable. It is said to be resistant to marine borer and termite attack.

Janka Hardness :
10,720 N(2,410 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :
890 kg/m3(56 lbs/ft3)

Workability :
It is generally easy to work with in all aspects. It turns and finishes well. Gluing can be difficult due to high density and natural oil content. Lumber with silica content can cause dulling of cutting tools. Can be prone to tear-out during machining if grain is interlock or figured.


Pricing / Availability

Bubinga’s figured grain patterns like pommel and waterfall are costly but its other variants are relatively affordable, considering that it is an imported wood.



It has indirectly made its way onto the CITES Appendix II since the three Guibourtia species that yield this wood type are on it and also because the CITES Appendix II includes finished wooden products too.


Common uses

It is a fairly versatile material with it being used in the manufacture of tables, cabins, premium furniture, interior accents, in veneer, in turned wooden items and other specialty wooden objects.



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