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02-29-2008 02:19 AM

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A friend of mine gave me a few boards of Royal Paulowina…. I’ve never seen wood like this. Does anyone out there have any suggestions as to what this wood would be best suited for as far as woodworking goes?


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#1 posted 02-29-2008 02:24 AM

I would be curious about that myself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-29-2008 02:31 AM

Sorry about the typo in the first post…. have you ever seen this wood Gary?

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#3 posted 02-29-2008 02:48 AM

No, never even heard of it. That’s why I am so curious about it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-29-2008 02:54 AM

I ran a web search and found that its from China. Found lots of info about the trees but not much about the lumber from the trees. I’ve got a bad back and my buddy knows this. I was at his place last weekend picking up some lumber and he handed me a board and said “don’t know if you can carry this with your back”.... the board was about a 1”x8”x8’...... i said i’d try…..it felt like a tooth pick. light as a feather.

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#5 posted 02-29-2008 07:10 AM

Make a surfboard!!!

http://www.paulowniasupply.com/paulownia_surfboard.htm

Paulownia is very light wood which is what you need for making a surfboard. It has a nicer looking grain than balsa.

-- Scott, San Diego

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#6 posted 02-29-2008 01:53 PM

Well, I really don’t have enough Paulownia to make a surf board (plus, I live a little over 400 miles from the Atlantic). But this is some interesting wood. I’m sure LJ’s who live on the east coast or in the south have seen this tree and didn’t realize what it was. It gets huge leaves on it and very big seed pods that distribute millions of seeds. It’s supposed to be very invasive.

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#7 posted 02-29-2008 02:42 PM

It’s also called princess tree. It can be pretty invasive, especially in urban areas. In asia, they pay very high prices for paulownia veneer logs. no idea what to do with it though.

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#8 posted 02-29-2008 02:47 PM

I’m going to try to get with my buddy this weekend and see what I can find out. He’s had more than 25 years experience as a logger and has taken some classes at the local college. I’m sure he’ll be able to tell me more about this type of wood.

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#9 posted 03-01-2008 12:32 AM

I know that many Japanese Tansu cases were made out of Paulownia. Here’s a recent thread on it…

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/2207

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 03-01-2008 12:48 AM

Thanks Dorje. And yes, you can expect a void in the middle of some of the boards. very interesting wood.

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#11 posted 08-24-2008 01:08 AM

I recently did an extensive research about paulownia trying to find a source for the wood I used to carve contest-winning rubber band powered model airplane propellers from during the 1950s when I was in my teens. The wood I remembered was very lightweight and stiff, almost as light as balsa, was moderately hard, and was a light gray-tan in color with virtually no grain. It made superb very thin propellers! It was hard to find a supplier these days and when I finally did I was shocked at the price! It was almost up there with rosewood. I also found the Japanese used the wood to make their wooden clog sandals among other things and it was in tremendous demand, so much so that paulownia tree farms are cropping up in southern Georgia, the state where I am located. Due to the cost, I abandoned the paulownia search but I had learned a lot. About six months later I was laid up in the bed recovering from knee surgery and was looking out the window toward the rear of my back yard when I thought a rather weedy small tree looked somewhat familiar. Hobbling over to my computer I brought up information on paulownia trees and to my amazement realized I had a paulownia tree growing along the back fence! Not being able to do anything about it for a while I watched that tree bloom with grape-like flowers and leaf-out in the Spring. I now know what a paulownia tree looks like and can recognize them growing weed-like along roadsides and expressways. They grow wild and are also planted as decorative trees all around the city of Atlanta. That paulownia tree near the fence is now in my basement shop cut into nice propeller carving blanks and as they quickly re-grow from the root I will have another one ready to harvest in about 10 years. The interesting thing I found is the interior of the tree has a bamboo-like central hole running the length of the limb/trunk. So if you live in the eastern part of the USA carry a small saw in your car or truck and keep an eye out for a scraggly looking small tree with grape-like flowers on it growing on the roadside. If you are quick and don’t get caught you can build some great model airplane propellers.

Rufus

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#12 posted 06-17-2014 03:12 AM

i am a logger im fixing to harvest some were aronde 10000 board feet would any one here like to buy logs i can custom saw it my number is 2707046741 im in west end of ky these trees are 12’’ two 20’’ at breast hieght

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#13 posted 06-17-2014 03:15 AM

i am talking about royal paulownia thanks

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#14 posted 06-17-2014 10:52 AM

From my understanding frequently utilized by the Japanese do the weight/strength ratio and rapid growth rate. I believe it was used a lot in pagodas and furniture making. I tried some years ago for making fishing lures and the stuff I have was very prone to splinter and work cleanly. Everything I have is smaller pieces so haven’t tried building anything with it.

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#15 posted 06-17-2014 01:06 PM

Here is what wood database has on it. Also refered to as the other balsa. Also known as Royal Paulownia, or princess tree.
http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/paulownia/

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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