Padauk heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown. Overall, padauk is easy to work, but tear-out may occur during planing on quartersawn or interlocked grain. Padauk turns, glues, and finishes well. Common uses include veneer, flooring, turned objects, musical instruments, furniture, tool handles, and other small specialty wood objects. 2" x 2" x 12" Spindle Turning Blank.