What's in this paddle?:
- Figured Bigleaf Maple: Native to the pacific northwest of the United States, Bigleaf Maple gets it's name unsurprisingly from it's large leaves measuring up to 12" in width. Bigleaf Maple is a variation of Soft Maple. It's the most common maple in the pacific northwest. This particular piece has some significant figure and shows some chatoyancy that's not normally seen in maple.
- Redheart: Also known as chakte kok, this is an exotic hardwood from Central America and the Eastern Coast of Mexico. The vivid red bark of the chakte kok is so unique it is difficult to make a comparison. The vibrant color quickly fades to a reddish brown in direct sunlight, though this color change can be slowed by using a finish with UV inhibitors, and keeping the wood away from strong lighting. This wood is listed as "moderately rare" according to the Wood Encyclopedia.
- Walnut: The walnut tree grows in Mid and Eastern United States and Canada. The heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Its color can also have a grey, purple, or reddish cast.