I recently turned some pens from padauk. Padauk is a kind of wood that comes from Africa. It has a strikingly bright orange/red color. The only problem with padauk is that the bright red color will fade to brown over time, especially if it is exposed to the sun.
The bright red pens in this photo are made from padauk. The reddish pens are bloodwood. The wood was sanded and then finished with either a shellac/wax friction polish (Crystal Coat), or CA glue (acrylic) polished with micro-mesh pads.
Here is the legend from left to right: purpleheart, purpleheart, purpleheart, bloodwood, mahogany, mahogany, padauk, padauk, olive, carob, olive, mahogany, cherry, hickory, bloodwood, bocote, wenge, cocobolo, purpleheart, padauk.