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.
Easy to work overall, though depending upon the species Bubinga can have silica present, which can prematurely dull cutting edges. Also, on pieces with figured or interlocking grain, tearout can occur during planing or other machining operations. Gluing can occasionally be problematic due to Bubinga's high density and natural oils. Turns and finishes well.
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.