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Bubinga
(Guibourtia demeusei)
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COMMON NAMES:   Bubinga, kevazingo, kewazingo, African rosewood.

SPECIFIC GRAVITY:   0.65 - 0.78

DENSITY:  50 - 60 lbs./cu.ft.

TANGENTIAL MOVEMENT:   6.6 - 10.2 (varies by species and growing conditions)%

RADIAL MOVEMENT:   4.0 - 7.6%

VOLUMETRIC SHRINKAGE:   9.4 - 16.6%

DURABILITY1:   Very Good

SOURCE:  Tropical West Africa, Cameroon, Gabon

DESCRIPTION:   Bubinga is a hard, heavy wood with characteristics similar to the rosewoods. Color and density varies by species, but the heartwood is typically medium reddish brown or purplish brown with darker veining, often exhibiting dramatically chatoyant "bees-wing" mottle. Relatively hard and dense, bubinga is difficult to work with hand tools because of its density and interlocked grain, but can be machined smoothly and takes a fine finish.


1 Durability refers to a wood's resistance to rotting in wet environments.

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