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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

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.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Bubinga
$52.4557 × 4.75 × 1 inBUB1048
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Bubinga
$46.8756.75 × 4.69 × 0.94 inBUB1047

Small check.

ab
Bubinga
$50.0856.88 × 5 × 1 inBUB1046

Light insect holes. Spalting.

ab
Bubinga
$48.7756.75 × 4.88 × 1 inBUB1045

Insect holes.

ab
Bubinga
$47.1656.38 × 4.75 × 0.94 inBUB1044
Out of stock

Beautiful figure.

ab
Bubinga
$28.9734.63 × 4.75 × 0.94 inBUB1043
Out of stock

Spalted. Small wormholes.

ab
Bubinga
$75.5771.75 × 5.437 × 1.062 inBUB1042
Out of stock

Beautiful Figure.

a
Bubinga
$143.6771.062 × 10.437 × 0.875 inBUB1041
Out of stock

Clear two face.

a
Bubinga
$105.8271.062 × 7.687 × 0.875 inBUB1040

Clear no defects.

a
Bubinga
$78.0940.062 × 10.062 × 0.937 inBUB1039

Slight planer skip.

a
Bubinga
$61.0231.5 × 10 × 0.937 inBUB1038

Crack/check one end one edge.

a
Bubinga
$46.8436.687 × 7.25 × 0.875 inBUB1037

One end tapers to .75″ thick.

ab
Bubinga
$50.5636 × 7.25 × 0.875 inBUB1036

Snipe one end with milling marks.

a
Bubinga
$83.0445.125 × 9.5 × 0.875 inBUB1035
Out of stock

Clear two face. Some milling marks.

a
100 BD.FT - Bubinga
$1,650.00$1,700.001 × 1 × 1 inBULKBUB1001

100 BD.FT Bubinga project pack

Lengths: 60″-120″ (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total)
Widths: 4″ and wider
Choose 4/4 rough or 3/4 s2s

Note:
Lead time on rough lumber is 3 working days.
Lead time on S2S is 5 working days.
Ships free via LTL network.
We will make contact to confirm shipping details.

sel
20 BD.FT - Bubinga
$380.00$400.001 × 1 × 1 inPROJBUB1001

20 BD.FT Bubinga project pack

Lengths: 60″-92″ (last piece might be shorter to balance bd.ft total)
Widths: 4″ and wider
Choose 4/4 rough or 3/4 s2s

Note:
Lead time on rough lumber is 2 working days.
Lead time on S2S is 3 working days.
Ships free via UPS/USPS.

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Bubinga
$425.4184.5 × 15 × 1.375 inBUB1034

No Defects

aaa
Bubinga
$348.6084.5 × 14.75 × 1.3125 inBUB1033
Out of stock

Solid Knot 1 side Open Knot Crack other side

ab
Bubinga
$342.4283 × 14.75 × 1.375 inBUB1032

Crack 1 End Crack & Surface Check 1 side

ab
Bubinga
$340.6784 × 14.5 × 1.375 inBUB1031
Out of stock

Spectacular figure SM Surface Check

ab
Fingerboard - Bubinga
$12.0021 × 3 × 0.3 inFINGERBUB1001

Bubinga Fingerboard

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

a
Bowl Blanks - Bubinga (9x9x3)
$60.009 × 9 × 3 inBOWLBUB1001
Out of stock

Bubinga Bowl Blank

Excellent quality lumber

End-grain has been sealed

Note: photo is representative of the stock you will receive.

a
Bubinga
$355.2784.75 × 15 × 1.3 inBUB1029
Out of stock

Clear

a
Bubinga
$357.37 $250.1685.25 × 15 × 1.3 inBUB1030
Out of stock

Clear

a
Bubinga
$48.7640.75 × 8.5 × 0.8 inBUB1026
Out of stock

One crack half way across middle of board

b
Bubinga
$37.0044.5 × 5.25 × 0.8 inBUB1027
Out of stock

One tiny knot.

ab
Bubinga
$34.79 $24.3546.25 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1028
Out of stock

3 cracks – more on one face the other.

ab
Bubinga
$30.0945 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1022
Out of stock

Long crack one end. 2 smaller cracks

b
Bubinga
$34.0445.25 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1023
Out of stock

Sap on one edge. One end check. Smaller crack on one face.

ab
Bubinga
$35.1746.75 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1024
Out of stock

Small amount sap on one edge on one face

ab
Bubinga
$35.54 $24.8847.25 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1025
Out of stock

3 small knots one face. 2 small knots other face.

ab
Bubinga
$35.9443 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1018
Out of stock

Clear. Little bit of sap on one face.

a
Bubinga
$35.6345 × 5 × 0.8 inBUB1019
Out of stock

Clear

ab
Bubinga
$33.6345.5 × 5.25 × 0.8 inBUB1020
Out of stock

Some cracks on both faces

b
Bubinga
$33.1044 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1021
Out of stock

One end check. Sap on one edge.

ab
Bubinga
$39.5945 × 5 × 0.8 inBUB1014
Out of stock

Clear

a
Bubinga
$30.2431.25 × 5 × 0.8 inBUB1015
Out of stock

Clear

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Bubinga
$63.9442.75 × 8.5 × 0.8 inBUB1016
Out of stock

Clear

a
Bubinga
$38.0345.5 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1017
Out of stock

Clear. Little bit of sap on one face.

a
Bubinga
$33.8545 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1010
Out of stock

Few small tight knots

ab
Bubinga
$28.4631.25 × 5.75 × 0.8 inBUB1011
Out of stock

Few tiny defects

ab
Bubinga
$33.2631.5 × 6 × 0.8 inBUB1012
Out of stock

Clear

a
Bubinga
$36.2345.75 × 4.5 × 0.8 inBUB1013
Out of stock

Tiny defect on each edge and tiny defect one face.

a
Bubinga
$25.5031.5 × 5.75 × 0.8 inBUB1007
Out of stock

Knots on both faces

b
Bubinga
$39.5945 × 5 × 0.8 inBUB1008
Out of stock

Tiny defect near one end

a
Bubinga
$41.8345.5 × 4.75 × 0.8 inBUB1009
Out of stock

Clear

aaa
Bubinga
$100.2240.75 × 6 × 1.8 inBUB1003
Out of stock

Clear

aaa
Bubinga
$86.5243 × 6 × 1.8 inBUB1004
Out of stock

Clear

ab
Bubinga
$79.6542.75 × 6.25 × 1.8 inBUB1005
Out of stock

Large crack near one end. Small crack on one edge

b
Bubinga
$101.13 $70.7948.25 × 6.25 × 1.8 inBUB1006
Out of stock

Spider type crack down one edge. Small end crack other end

ab
Bubinga
$160.1447.75 × 6 × 2.8 inBUB1001
Out of stock

One defect goes right through.

ab
Bubinga
$190.5148.5 × 5.75 × 2.8 inBUB1002
Out of stock

Tiny pin hole. Otherwise clear

aaa

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