Bubinga wood can be an amazingly wavy-figured exotic wood, sought
by guitar makers and small box builders alike... often referred
to as an African rosewood, although technically NOT from the rosewood
The Tree:(Guibourtia tessmannii)
The bubinga tree can grow to heights of up to 100' and 3' in diameter
and grows mostly in parts of West Africa, Cameroon and surrounding
nations. With trees this large they can produce quite wide and long
lumber. In fact I just had a customer in the shop yesterday talking
about one bubinga board he'd seen on sale for the small sum of $4,000
that was 35" wide and 16' long.
Bubinga Wood Description:
Can have mult-shaded, interlocking or wavy-figured bands
of colour in various shades of red with distinct purple overtones,
in the more exotic samples, and fine, linear grain with greater
colour consistency in the balance. Colour does darken with age.
It is often referred to as an African rosewood, although technically
NOT from the rosewood family.
Weight: 24 lbs. Per cubic foot.
If you are lucky enough to get bubinga lumber with no visible sap
pockets then you'll find it an easy wood to get a great finish with
a rich luster. The sap pocket when present can cause some localized
glue up or finishing issues.
It handles in much the same way as with maple, but harder again
and sometimes includes sap pockets that can cause localized glue
up or finishing problems.