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.
- Curly Maple: Maple trees are a popular, fast growing decorative tree from Eastern USA and Canada. Figured maple contains distorted wood fibers that appear in an undulating chatoyant pattern that resembles wavy, curly lines.
- Basswood: The basswood tree grows in Eastern United States. It is light and soft, yet strong. It is pale white to light brown color and is mostly uniform throughout the face grain of the wood.
- 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.