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BUBINGA

Guibourtia tessmannii

THE TIMBER:
The heartwood of bubinga is light reddish-brown attractively veined with pink or red stripes; the sapwood is paler in color. The wood is very hard and heavy. It is fine in texture, and the luster is high. Odor and taste are not distinct. The grain is wavy.

WORKABILITY:
Although hard and heavy, bubinga can be sawn without difficulty, and it takes a fine finish. When rotary cut for veneer, it is sometimes called kevazingo, which most often comes from Gabon and is highly figured.

USES:
Bubinga is used mostly in veneer form for decorative paneling and inlay work but also finds some use for up-scale furniture and fancy turnery work.

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