African Padauk is generally the color of a blood orange when freshly cut but ages to a dark purple-brown over time, and has a sweet floral scent when worked. It is very stable and durable, making it useful for tool handles, flooring, boat building due to its natural decay resistance, high-end cabinets and furniture, and instruments. It has also long been an important dye wood in African cultures.
Latin: Pterocarpus soyauxii
Location: Central and tropical West Africa
Trees: 2-3 ft diameter, up to 100 ft tall
Trade Names: Camwood, Barwood
Density: 40-50 lb/cubic ft