Padauk-How to say it?

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Blog entry by woodworkerscott posted 12-30-2011 11:49 PM 28339 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guessed Padauk was pronounced “padook”. I thought I better check out the correct pronunciation to not sound foolish. I did a quick search on the internet and the source said it is pronounced “padowk”. Works for me. But, this morning I asked my hardwood supplier about getting some “padowk” and he said, “You mean, padook?”
Yeah, whatever. :)
I researched again and found three different results. They are (phonetically stated):

Padook, (Paduke)

This could be an issue of where we are from more than what is correct, as we all have experienced at times.

So, what do you call it?

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 12:36 AM


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#2 posted 12-31-2011 02:22 AM

Yore furst won is correct – Padook.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 12-31-2011 02:39 AM pronounces it ——puh-douk. I’m with the others though and have always said Paduke.

-- - If it ain't broke, don't lend it!

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#4 posted 12-31-2011 10:00 AM

I just say, I’m looking for the overpriced redish colored wood…............

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 06:27 AM

Down here we get a tubafore and some red die then write paduke on it. waalaa fancy wood;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 08:42 PM

I too say Paduke. How did you like working with it?

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 01:53 AM

I like working with Padauk. It cuts very nice and is beautiful. Its that darn red dust that is a pain. :)

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#8 posted 05-22-2014 03:08 AM

Better late than never: “Padauk is perhaps the most frequently misspelled (and mispronounced) wood species, with Padouk, Paduk, and Paduak being common misspellings. The most common pronunciation is pah-DUKE, it is sometimes mispronounced as Paducah—a city in Kentucky.”

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#9 posted 11-28-2016 07:26 PM

How about just calling it by it’s frightfully English name: The African Coral tree….....

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#10 posted 12-01-2017 12:27 PM

I say it like padock. I like the way it looks but I find working with it can be tricky. It seems to break very easily. Like it’s brittle or something. Also, like woodworkerscott said, that red dust is crazy. It smells nice though.
I also found the red can sort of ‘bleed’ into lighter color woods when you put oil on it. I think maybe it’s the dust.
Seems to come out kind of blotchy when I finish it too. Maybe I’m not sealing it well enough before I out the varnish on it.
By the way, get some of that red dust off your workbench and wet it down. Looks just like blood.

-- An open mind is apt to let anything in....or out!

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#11 posted 11-07-2018 11:06 AM

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