Scott has used paldao in paneling, cabinetry, furniture and more and has teamed it with a variety of woods, such as zebra-wood, walnut and ebony.
Jim Dumas of Certainly Wood said paldao has been picking up steam on the market for the past couple of years.
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Paldao's versatility helps it to shine on the world stage
Banas says that in his experience selling the veneer, it is the users who request paldao. "There are three very similar-looking woods: paldao, New Guinea walnut and Australian walnut, but paldao seems to be the best known as an exotic veneer."
and American Walnut Manufacturers Assn., describes paldao's grain pattern as "varied grain effects usually with irregular stripes, some occasionally very dark." As to characteristics, its pores are "large and partially plugged."
Its name may be due to the fact that the wood has sometimes been used as a substitute for French walnut, as has paldao. Neither paldao or New Guinea walnut are true walnuts and some who use the term New Guinea walnut use quotation marks around the word "walnut" to avoid any confusion.
It describes the wood as "similar to paldao with a pattern that runs heavily to contrasting stripes -- some mottle."