What's in this paddle?:
- Cherry: A domestic wood from Eastern USA and Canada that is usually considered to be in the same class as mahogany for usage in the United States. It is strong and fairly durable. The heartwood is light salmon to reddish-tan in color when freshly cut, but cherry is very photosensitive and dramatically darkens over the course of its life to a rich reddish-brown with exposure to air and sunlight.
- Makore: A pink to reddish brown species native to western and middle Africa. Despite not being genetically similar, it's been considered a substitute for African Mahogany. It is sometimes referred to as "Cherry Mahogany".
- Leopardwood: This is an exotic wood from Central and South America. This wood has a very conspicuous flecking that gives this wood its namesake. The wood itself is a medium to dark reddish brown with grey or light brown rays. The figured flecks are due to the wood’s wide medullary rays, whose layout can be seen the clearest when looking at the endgrain.
- Sapele: The sapele tree can be found in tropical Africa (primarily Ivory Coast and Nigeria). Its heartwood is a lustrious golden to dark reddish brown that tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, Sapele is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns.
- Sapele Pommele: Originating from tropical Africa (primarily Ivory Coast and Nigeria), sapele can have a plan grain, ribbon-like stripes, or be highly figured. Sapele Pommele, however, is reserved for a stunning and distinct grain pattern that likens champagne bubbles rising to the top of a glass.