Padauk has a very unique red-orange color, and this wood is often referred to as “Vermillion.” Unfortunately, it’s intense color always darkens to a deep red-brown shade. UV-inhibiting finishes may extend, but not prevent, this gradual color-shift. Padauk is moderately strong, heavy, and stiff, and shows exceptional stability. It is a very popular hardwood among woodworker hobbyists due to the unique color and low cost. Padauk is one of the most recurrently misspelled and mispronounced wood species; Padouk, Paduk, or Paduakare are common misspellings. The most common pronunciation is pah-DUKE, but this species is sometimes mispronounced as Paducah.