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Wood Profile

Bubinga

Common Names:

Bubinga

Scientific Names:

Guibourtia spp. (G. demeusei, G. pellegriniana, G. tessmannii, etc.)

Why we use for Bokken:

One of our favorite woods. This wood is great for bokken because it iss a bit lighter but very strong. It is a challenge to work with because the grain is so gnarly.

Appearance:

Heartwood ranges from a pinkish red to a darker reddish brown with darker purple or black streaks. Sapwood is a pale straw color and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

Grain:

Has a very fine texture and small pores. Grain is often interlocked. Bubinga is very frequently seen with a variety of figure, including: pommele, flamed, waterfall, quilted, mottled, etc.

Durablility:

Ranges from moderately durable to very durable depending upon the the species. Bubinga is also reported to be resistant to termite and marine borer attack.

Scent:

Bubinga is reported to have an unpleasant scent when the lumber is still wet, which disappears after the wood is dry.

Safety:

Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Bubinga has been reported to cause skin irritation and/or skin lesions in some individuals.

Availability:

Should be moderately priced for an import.

Other Comments:

Bubinga has a close resemblance to rosewood, and is often use in place of more expensive woods. Yet Bubinga also features a host of stunning grain figures, such as flamed, pommele, and waterfall, which make this wood truly unique. Bubinga also has an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. Common uses for Bubinga include: veneer, inlays, fine furniture, cabinetry, turnings, and other specialty items. Since Bubinga trees can grow so large, natural-edge slabs of the wood have also been used in tabletops and other specialized projects.

Delay on Tsubas

We are currently having issues with our 3D printer for making tsubas. If you order a tsuba, it will be shipped separately when our printer is back up and running. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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