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.
- Soft Maple: A popular, fast growing decorative tree that grows in Eastern USA and Canada. The term “Soft Maple” does not refer to any specific species of maple, but rather, it’s a broad term which includes several different species of maple. Soft maple is only slightly softer than hard, sugar maple.
- Paela: Also known as chakte viga, this is an exotic hardwood from tropical areas of Mexico and Central America. Its heartwood is a bright orange to golden brown that deepens with age and exposureNice orange color that deepens with age and exposure.. Paela is extremely rot resistant, with reports stating that the wood lasts up to 100 years in the elements.
- Poplar: The Poplar tree grows in Eastern USA & Canada. The heartwood is light cream to yellowish brown, with occasional streaks of gray or green. Nice orange color that deepens with age and exposure. Nice orange color that deepens with age and exposure.
- Purpleheart: This tree grows in Mexico down to tropical South America. When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish on the wood.
- Redheart: Also known as chakte kok, this is an exotic hardwood from Central America and the Eastern Coast of Mexico. The vivid red bark 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.
- Yellowheart: This species is native to Brazil and South America. Yellowheart color ranges from pale to golden yellow, darkening only slightly with age. Few woods are as consistent and vibrant as Yellowheart.