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African Padauk Species Details   (Back to Species List)

Detailed information pertaining to African Padauk (Pterocarpus, soyauxii) is detailed below:

Specie Names
Lumber Name(s): Padauk.
Grown in: Central Africa.
Description
African Padauk is a medium hard specie used primarily for its vibrant orange/red color.
Color Range and Color Change
Color Range: African Padauk offers a medium range of color variability from medium oranges through to vivid oranges with darker striping when freshly milled. Please see Color Change below as African Padauk changes color dramatically over time.
Color Change: African Padauk undergoes an extreme degree of color change with pronounced darkening from the vivid orange color when freshly milled to a dark red almost black color when fully aged/oxidized. Oil finishes hasten this process and allow the full color change to occur while water based finishes inhibit the full color range.
Special Characteristics and Issues
Allergic Reactions: African Padauk has been known to cause dermatitis and respiratory reactions when coming in contact with the dust. Care must be taken when exposing one's self to the saw dust.
Product availability
This species is currently not available in any collections.
Hardness Chart
Hardness Chart for African Padauk.
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