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)