I donít have many catches now days but I still get a little nervous when I am turning Bubinga. I did have one of the worst catches with this wood. It sounded like a grenade went off and I thought my tool snappe, wood went everywhere.
I've turned a solid piece of Bubinga, one time. Other than it being extremly hard I didn't have a problem. I still have a piece that's about 6' by 8" by 2". I bought it when I first started turning and then didn't want to scew up a very expensive piece of wood. Now it just stars at me...lol! When I get a bandsaw and planer I plan on resawing it and using it in some segmented bowls. Until then I'll just let it star at me. The one shallow bowl I did turn from it has some really good looking grain/color.