Pawlonia Box with Ebony inserts and Stainless Steel knob

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Project by Izzy68 posted 08-23-2014 08:08 PM 906 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was turned from a section of a Pawlonia log. The pith fell out as soon as the log dried, so I fashioned a couple of inserts to plug the holes and make the box/jar useful. The stainless steel ball is epoxied to the ebony insert on top. The box weighs almost nothing, which is remarkable for something that’s about 9 inches tall and a little stout. The wood is strong and very light. I’d never used this wood before. I’ve read that it is popular in Japanese woodwork.

-- Jimmy

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#1 posted 08-23-2014 10:27 PM

Looks good Izzy,

Paulowina is a Chinese native and possibly the closest I have seen to balsa wood hence the lightweight characteristics.

This factor make it great for surfboards and water based activities.
As far as I know it was introduced into Australia to supplement the softwood plantation timbers, however it did not grow as fast as expected when paired against the pine variants, hence there is not much about in big widths as they harvested it early.

Its great timber to work with contrary to some timber merchants opinion, and light as you found out.

I think the South East areas of the USA consider it a invasive species, similar to our Camphor Laurel here.

But they are both great timbers to have in the workshop!!

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 08-23-2014 10:30 PM

Thanks so much, Robert!

-- Jimmy

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