Padauk, or Vermilion, is an African wood species. It's striking reddish color will get darker and richer over time. We used contrasting Maple letters, and a tree-of-life pointer, also Maple. The lettering is raised, quite eye-catching. And the font is large enough to be read from across a large room. Paddy would be great for a conference room art piece.
Paddy is quite large: 80" long (that's 7' 6"), and 11" high. Be sure you have enough space to hang him!