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Paldao Dracontomelon dao
ASIAN HARDWOOD WITH A TOUCH OF WALNUT
Varying from brown through gray to black, paldao is distinguished by the inconsistent bands, stripes and lines that characterize the wide range of species known as walnut. Though not a true walnut, paldao has greater resemblance in color and patterning to English walnut (Juglans regia) than most of the other imposters from around the world, but the texture is coarser and the grain is more interlocking, which can make surfacing and finishing tricky.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names D. cumingiamum, D. edule, New Guinea walnut, dao
Sources Southeast Asia
Color From pale brown and beige to gray, dark brown and black
Texture Medium to coarse
Grain Variable; straight or wavy and interlocking
Hardness Medium to hard, and stronger and tougher than the true walnuts (Juglans species)
Weight Medium to heavy (46 lb./cu. ft.) (740 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Paldao is not too difficult to find and prices are likely to be moderate to expensive. It is not listed as vulnerable and is not overexploited.



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