What's in this paddle?:
- 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.
- Eastern Red Cedar: Also known as aromatic cedar, this tree grows in Eastern North America. While the heartwood tends to be a reddish or violet-brown, pale yellow sapwood can appear throughout the heartwood as streaks and stripes.
- 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.
- Red Oak: Arguably the most popular hardwood in the United States, this tree grows in Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada. The heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with a reddish cast.
- 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.
- Poplar: The Poplar tree grows in Eastern USA & Canada. The heartwood is light cream to yellowish brown, with occasional streaks of gray or green.
- 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.
- 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.
- Western Red Cedar: This tree grows in Pacific Northwest United States and Canada. Its heartwood is reddish to pinkish brown, often with random streaks and bands of darker red/brown areas.