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Paduak - Pterocarpus soyauxii

Paduak color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown.  This color shift can be prevented by limmiting the species exposure to light.  Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked with a coarse, open texture.  Padauk is moderately heavy, strong, and stiff, with exceptional stability. It’s a popular hardwood among hobbyist woodworkers because of its unique color.

Origin:  Central and tropical west Africa

Janka Hardness: 1,970 lbf (8,760 N)

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