To those who love the natural beauty of wood, Bubinga is a gorgeous African hardwood with a lustrous appearance that makes it ideal for applications from small accessories to major furniture, especially live edge coffee tables and live edge dining tables. What you might not know is that in 2017, Bubinga was placed on the endangered species list. This means new purchases of this popular wood are now banned.
In use since the 1700s, Bubinga hails primarily from the Western African countries of Congo, Angola, and Gabon. It has a rich and distinctive color with a host of stunning figuring, including curly, quilted, and perhaps most famously, waterfall. In addition to one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, this truly unique wood is commonly used for:
- Cabinetwork, solid countertops, and flooring
- Decorative veneers
- Fancy turnery and inlay work
Bubinga is highly valued for its strength to weight ratio and beautiful figuring. The trees grow up to 150 feet in height and are three to six
feet in diameter. Resistant to splitting, Bubinga is also an incredibly strong wood and is much denser than white oak, hard maple, or other common domestic species.
Nicknamed “African Rosewood,” woodworkers often choose Bubinga for cost-effective reasons; however, due to the recent ban, it’s also becoming increasingly rare and expensive. Overall, Bubinga is not a difficult wood to work, though several species may have silica present that dulls cutting edges. Gluing may be problematic at times due to the wood’s natural oils.
Figured Bubinga, especially the waterfall figure, is exceptionally beautiful. The random swirls and shadings are dramatic and make for gorgeous tabletops.
New Inventory of Bubinga Slabs Now Available for Purchase
Unlike the narrow and shorter Honduras rosewood, Bubinga has wide widths and long lengths. Its deep, brick red color gives it an undeniable visual and physical presence. It possesses uniform graining and coloring, a fine and even texture, and is resistant to termite and marine borer attack.
We now have access to one of the largest supplies of Bubinga slabs in the U.S. Recently imported from Europe, the slabs are all 3 to 4 inches thick and range from 3 feet wide and 12 feet long. The wood comes with all the approvals needed to meet the restrictive and required documentation.
If you’re hoping to create or own a furniture masterpiece out of this incredible wood, we encourage you to act as soon as possible before supplies become even more scarce and expensive, or no longer available. Please feel free to contact Eugene Justus at (707) 253-8788 to discuss this wonderful opportunity or fill out the contact form, view our portfolio and read our testimonials and press clippings.