African Padauk

Native to Central and tropical west Africa, this exotic lumber has great decay resistance. It is rated as durable to very durable. Padauk is reportedly resistant to termites and other insects.

African Padauk’s heartwood color varies, 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. Some lighter pieces age to a grayish brown.

The common names for this wood are African Padauk and Vermillion. The scientific name is Pterocarpus soyauxii. It is a 1,970 lbf (8,760 N) on the Janka Hardness Scale.

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