Padauk (or padouk) is an orange wood - often
brilliantly so - from Africa or Asia. Most padauk is probably
African, from the Pterocarpus soyauxii tree. Padauk is very
hard and dense, and generally nice to work with.
will fade to an orange-tinted, warm brown over time due to exposure
to UV light. Therefore, it's a good idea to protect your
padauk miniSpinner from the sun as it will accelerate the color
change. It helps to use a finish with a UV inhibitor, but even
then the orange color will eventually fade.
wood was marked as bloodwood but it quickly became obvious that it
was, in fact, padauk. It can be difficult to tell the two
woods apart, particularly in a dim warehouse. In better light,
the more bluish, oxblood tone of bloodwood is easily distinguished
from the brilliant orange of padauk.