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.
- 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.
- 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.