Padauk-How to say it?

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Blog entry by woodworkerscott posted 12-30-2011 11:49 PM 16820 reads 0 times favorited 9 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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