African Padauk, Pterocarpus soyauxii, 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!
These boards are 95% free of defects except for a rough edge of small surface check. They are kiln dried and surfaced on two sides with wax sealed ends. Several boards have interesting black lines. The majority of these boards are quarter and rift sawn which produces a beautiful ribbon figure from interlocked grain. Padauk is easy to mill, glue, and work. Ideal for boxes, cabinets, instruments, and other fine articles. This is related to Amboyna burl (Pterocarpus indicus) from SE Asia and has similar colors when worked.