Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, Guibourtia tessmannii
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|Janka Hardness - LBF||
|Janka Hardness - N||
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.
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.
|$425.41||AAA||84.5 x 15 x 1.375 in||BUB1034|| |
|$348.60||AB||84.5 x 14.75 x 1.3125 in||BUB1033|| |
Solid Knot 1 side Open Knot Crack other side
|$342.42||AB||83 x 14.75 x 1.375 in||BUB1032|| |
Crack 1 End Crack & Surface Check 1 side
|$340.67||AB||84 x 14.5 x 1.375 in||BUB1031|| |
Spectacular figure SM Surface Check
|$12.00||A||21 x 3 x 0.3 in||FINGERBUB1001|| |
21″ x 3.0″ x 0.30″ (minimum)
Manufactured with luthiers in mind, but excellent blanks for box-making and other smaller items
Photographs are representative of what you will receive
|$60.00||A||9 x 9 x 3 in||BOWLBUB1001|| |
Bubinga Bowl Blank
Excellent quality lumber
End-grain has been sealed
Note: photo is representative of the stock you will receive.
|$357.37||A||85.25 x 15 x 1.3 in||BUB1030|| |
|$355.27||A||84.75 x 15 x 1.3 in||BUB1029|| |
|$34.79||AB||46.25 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1028|| |
3 cracks – more on one face the other.
|$37.00||AB||44.5 x 5.25 x 0.8 in||BUB1027|| |
One tiny knot.
|$48.76||B||40.75 x 8.5 x 0.8 in||BUB1026|| |
One crack half way across middle of board
|$35.54||AB||47.25 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1025|| |
3 small knots one face. 2 small knots other face.
|$35.17||AB||46.75 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1024|| |
Small amount sap on one edge on one face
|$34.04||AB||45.25 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1023|| |
Sap on one edge. One end check. Smaller crack on one face.
|$30.09||B||45 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1022|| |
Long crack one end. 2 smaller cracks
|$33.10||AB||44 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1021|| |
One end check. Sap on one edge.
|$33.63||B||45.5 x 5.25 x 0.8 in||BUB1020|| |
Some cracks on both faces
|$35.63||AB||45 x 5 x 0.8 in||BUB1019|| |
|$35.94||A||43 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1018|| |
Clear. Little bit of sap on one face.
|$38.03||A||45.5 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1017|| |
Clear. Little bit of sap on one face.
|$63.94||A||42.75 x 8.5 x 0.8 in||BUB1016|| |
|$30.24||AAA||31.25 x 5 x 0.8 in||BUB1015|| |
|$39.59||A||45 x 5 x 0.8 in||BUB1014|| |
|$36.23||A||45.75 x 4.5 x 0.8 in||BUB1013|| |
Tiny defect on each edge and tiny defect one face.
|$33.26||A||31.5 x 6 x 0.8 in||BUB1012|| |
|$28.46||AB||31.25 x 5.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1011|| |
Few tiny defects
|$33.85||AB||45 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1010|| |
Few small tight knots
|$41.83||AAA||45.5 x 4.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1009|| |
|$39.59||A||45 x 5 x 0.8 in||BUB1008|| |
Tiny defect near one end
|$25.50||B||31.5 x 5.75 x 0.8 in||BUB1007|| |
Knots on both faces
|$101.13||AB||48.25 x 6.25 x 1.8 in||BUB1006|| |
Spider type crack down one edge. Small end crack other end
|$79.65||B||42.75 x 6.25 x 1.8 in||BUB1005|| |
Large crack near one end. Small crack on one edge
|$86.52||AB||43 x 6 x 1.8 in||BUB1004|| |
|$100.22||AAA||40.75 x 6 x 1.8 in||BUB1003|| |
|$190.51||AAA||48.5 x 5.75 x 2.8 in||BUB1002|| |
Tiny pin hole. Otherwise clear
|$160.14||AB||47.75 x 6 x 2.8 in||BUB1001|| |
One defect goes right through.
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