Bazinga Bubinga



So long, Bubinga — we were just getting to know ya’. Here it is January 2017 and you’ve been added to the CITES list (appendix II) of  “species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may become so unless trade is closely controlled.”

Oh, we can still ship you to our customers within the United States — until we’ve exhausted our inventory of plane kits and carving knife handles. But no more import or export. Here at Hock Tools we’ve been employing your good looks, toughness and durability for years. You’ll be missed, and fondly remembered. Now we’ll have to find… another*.

So, Bubinga lovers of America, the party’s over. Cherish what you have and can still get domestically. Bubinga has left the building.

*Yes, Jatoba, that’s you we’re winking at:



About Ron Hock

Owner of HOCK TOOLS (.com) and author of "The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers"
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5 Responses to Bazinga Bubinga

  1. angosturabitters says:

    wow, bubinga is such an amazing wood. i wonder if there are ever any species that have been re-established enough to make it *off* the CITES list?

  2. Chris Piegan says:

    May I suggest a domestic replacement? Osage Orange! Buy American

  3. Rob Porcaro says:

    Bad news but thanks for the update, Ron. Bubinga was one of my favorites. Jatoba, aka Brazilian cherry, sounds like a good practical substitute. Good luck and best regards.

  4. Steve D says:

    When will particle board be banned from import? It’s certainly overharvested.

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