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)
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.