Padauk is a unique open grained hardwood from Africa that has a bright Vermillion color when first cut. Over time it slowly ages to a purple Rosewood color. Huge logs are sometimes available, producing beautiful, large boards. Padauk is a good substitute for Indian Rosewood for guitar backs and sides. This vibrant Padauk is kiln dried, ready to use and surfaced on two sides. There are some amazing pieces with contrasting leopard spot figure that would add stunning beauty to any project! An occasional surface check may be present. A minor 1/16” bow or twist may be present in only a few pieces. This clean, clear material has no knots. Enjoy working with this exotic African gem!