Padauk, also called African Padauk and Vermillion (scientific name: Pterocarpussoyauxii), has a heartwood of pale pink-orange to brown-red color. Its texture is coarse and open, luster is good and grain is straight but can be interlocked.

Padauk is commonly found in central and tropical west Africa. It is rated durable to very durable, has excellent decay resistance, and is resistant to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

8,760 N(1,970 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

745 kg/m3(47 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Easy to work with hand and machine tools. It turns well, is good with glues, and finishes well. On quarter cut/sawn or interlocked grain, tear-out can occur during planning.


Pricing / Availability

It is a reasonably priced, popular imported lumber that is usually imported in different sizes and thicknesses as well as craft blanks.



It is not mentioned on the IUCN’s Red List and in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

It has a wide array of applications since it is used for portable items such as musical instruments, hardware tools, turned wooden items, small specialty wooden items as well as for larger tasks such as furniture, veneers, and flooring.

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