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Padauk has its origin from the nation of Central and Tropical Africa. The resonant quality makes it popular in traditional and western instruments. Padauk Pen Blanks is an excellent substitute for Rosewood in terms of tonal quality. Padauk has a bold color; hence it seems to be less appealing among the guitar lovers.
Padauk wood is referred to as Vermillion. The UV-inhibition may prolong, but this wood glues and finishes well. Overall, padauk is easy to work with a pleasant scent. It’s widely available as lumber in different length and thickness. Padauk is moderately heavy with exceptional stability. It’s one of the popular woods among hobbyist woodworkers because of its low-cost and attractive color.
Exotic Wood Zone offers wide varieties of Padauk Pen Blanks
|Scientific name||Pterocarpus soyauxii|
|Color||Pale pinkish orange to deep brownish red|
|Texture||Coarse and open texture. Straight or interlocked grain pattern|
|Recommendations||Drop tops, Back and sides, Veneer|
Color/Appearance: Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale golden yellow to a deeper reddish brown. Color tends to darken to a golden brown over time. Yellow sapwood is well demarcated from heartwood. Overall, Burma Padauk’s color tends to be less red and more subdued than African Padauk. Because of its higher density (as compared to African Padauk), and its interlocked grain, Burma Padauk can be difficult to work with. Burma Padauk turns, glues, and finishes well. Padauk has a faint aromatic scent while being worked. Pen blanks, Veneer, flooring, turned objects, musical instruments, furniture, tool handles, and other small specialty wood objects. Burma Padauk is the heaviest and hardest of all types of Padauk (Pterocarpus genus) commercially available. The color tends to be a bit more subdued than the more common African variety.
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