African Padauk

Name African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as barwood, comwood, corail, African coralwood, muenge, mbe, mbil, mututi, ngula, vermillion, and yomo.
Sources Grows in central and West Africa.
Appearance Straight to interlocked grain with a moderately coarse texture and large pores. Rich red to purple red heartwood and pale-beige sapwood.
Physical Props Hard, heavy, and strong with exceptional decay resistance and dimensional stability. Not suitable for steam bending.
Working Props Works well with hand and machine tools. Glues easily and holds nails and screws well. Finishes to a beautiful sheen without the need for stain.
Uses Excellent turning wood – used for fancy turnery such as knife and tool handles. Also prized for high end cabinets, furniture, carving, veneer, inlay, flooring, dyewood, joinery, dowels, shuttles, spindles, paddles, and boat building.