Bubinga - hard and beautiful

If you are looking for a clean, yet strong wood, then Bubinga is usually well-advised. What properties this wood still has, what it looks like, and what species of wood belong to this group, you will read in this article.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
gross weightapprox. 1,050 kg / m³
Weight dried880 kg / m³
Compressive strengthapprox. 73 N / mm²
flexural strengthapprox. 145 N / mm²

other names

Bubinga wood is under different names in the trade. In addition to the common name Bubinga we find it under the following names:

  • Waka
  • Essingang
  • Ebana
  • Kevasingo
  • African Rosewood (due to the close relationship of Bubinga wood to this group of wood species)

In general, the wood of all Guibourtia species is called Bubinga.



Bubinga has few pores, which are mostly scattered. The medium-sized pores therefore have little effect on the image of the wood. The rays are very fine and just visible. The fibers are sometimes also locked.


The heartwood has a bright red color, which can reach up to burgundy, and thus differs significantly from the white-yellowish sapwood. In between, there are always darker zones, which are recognizable as stripe pattern and usually have a dark red to slightly violet color.


Bubinga is heavy (heavier than oak), firm and hard. The machinability is good, but because of the high hardness of the wood, it requires a higher expenditure of force, it is best to use highly resilient (stellitized) tools. Bubinga absorbs moisture only slowly and is therefore very dimensionally stable.

Shrinkage and drying

The drying of Bubinga takes place very fast in view of the high density of the wood, but too fast drying (technical drying) can lead to warping.


Bilinga is extremely resistant and highly resistant to fungal and insect infestation, it is classified in resistance class 2.


Bubinga is interesting for many applications also because of its beautiful wood picture and its interesting color. Since this wood is also easy to work in large dimensions, offers a wide range of applications.

solid wood

As solid wood, Bubinga can be used on the one hand for heavy and resilient constructions, but also as high-quality parquet, for furniture construction and staircase construction. In addition, it is occasionally also in the arts and crafts use - such as for woodturnings and carvings - and for particularly high-quality hardware such as handles and buttons.


As a veneer Bubinga can be used well for all decorative applications (furniture and display cabinets, paneling), but also for vehicle equipment, for example.


Bubinga wood comes mainly from the western zones of Africa


As sawn wood, Bubinga is very often obtained in the wood trade between around 2,400 and 2,700 EUR per m³.

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Tips & Tricks

Bubinga reacts when it comes into contact with ferrous metals, turning it over after a short time. You should always think about that, and plan the material selection accordingly.

Video Board: Woodworking Bubinga: Project Ideas and How to Finish It