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.
- Ipe: This tree grows in the Tropical Americas (Central and South America). The heartwood can vary in color from reddish brown, to a more yellowish olive brown or darker blackish brown; sometimes with contrasting darker brown/black stripes. Ipe is a wood of extremes: extremely dense and durable, as well as extremely difficult to work.
- 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".
- 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.