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Bubinga sapwood is very pale with clear demarcations. A variety of colors can be found in the heartwood, which includes pink, vivid red, or red-brown with purple veining. On exposure, the veining becomes less conspicuous, and the deep colors fade to yellow or medium brown with a reddish tint. Bubinga has a fine, even texture with a straight or interlocked grain. Bubinga from the Gabon area often has a wavy grain, and is sometimes highly figured, producing a decorative appearance when flat- and quarter-sawn.
Other Names: African Rosewood, Kevazingo
Bubinga grows in Equatorial Africa, from Cameroon and Gabon to southeast Nigeria, to the Congo region, and to some extent, in Zaire.
Bubinga is easily worked with both hand and machine tools. The wood is quite hard and heavy, which causes moderate to severe blunting of tools. Gum pockets provide a particular challenge in working. It is a very durable wood that resists termites well. Pre-boring is recommended prior to nailing. Once dry, the wood is a good choice for turning. Bubinga has a rather lustrous appearance and stains to an excellent finish.
Bubinga is often used for knife and brush handles. The most popular use of Bubinga is as veneers, especially the highly figured logs. Decorative veneers are used on furniture and cabinets and for paneling. The figured veneers are especially desirable for furniture inlays.