Other Uses Of Paulownia

Paulownia Development offers you some advice to maximize your profit with your Paulownia plantation. Paulownia has a low tendency to split and is best used in conjunction with an adhesive. Plantation grown Paulownia is mostly knot free and holds nails and screws well without requiring pilot holes to be drilled. My brother, Jon Wegener made an alaia out of sequoia and found that the hard wood of the ring and the soft wood between the ring would separate as the board flexed. In kitchen and bathroom areas it is recommended that Paulownia be sealed on both sides before fixing. Paulownia is resistant to decay and rotting provided it is not in permanent contact with the ground. The wood makes good paneling, and some here are starting to carve it. Has a nice finish and machines and glues well.

In this video, we talk about Paulownia being offered at Woodcraft, some things that were made from it, including Roger Strautman ‘s carved clock, Jim Clark’s miniature Duck Decoy, and a Japanese Tool Box built by product manager George Snyder. Acoustic quality of the musical instrument made by paulownia wood could keep in stable which regardless of weather changes.

Paulownia plantations rarely require fertilizer or pesticides in order to thrive, because paulownia trees do well even in nutrient-depleted soils and tend to resist damage from pests. Paulownia wood is highly resistant to deformation under the load and moisture, has a low fire risk and is resistant to furniture beetles and termites. That’s why some of them like Paulownia tomentosa, Paulownia elongata, Paulownia fortunei and others are used for industrial production of wood, biomass, ethanol, feed, paper etc. Boards of dulcimer, lute, liuqin and even the qinhu are all made of paulownia wood.

Strength: one of the highest strength to weight ratios of any wood, with strength modus of rupture MOR (psi) of Paulownia of 5740. And remember to support paulownia wood as a quality resource for guitar building as we all play our part in evolving the guitar industry, it is a great material for instruments and we have a lot of it to go around! Then when she married the tree was truncated and her wedding chest was made of it. It was also believed that if near home a paulownia was planted, the Phoenix shall come and bring luck.


The balsa sucks up water like a sponge and becomes weak and heavy when water enters the wood. I know some HWS (hollow wood surfboard) builders that would pay good money for that wood in your area. It was made from Paulownia as were most of the others in the shop where I bought it. Very lightweight but impressively well-built – mostly tight joints and some wooden pins to secure the back panel. Fast grown Paulownia has excellent prospects for pulp as it can be harvested on a three to four year rotation after which it can be coppiced and allowed to regrow.

Nevertheless, industrial, ecological, and economic progressions like paulownia wood continue to offer glimmers of hope for our future. If you click the above link, then go down to page bottom, there’s a yellow box… or click on his Links page. Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, while the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species. The leaves of the paulownia tree are massive and absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide- a major contributor to global warming- from the air.

Paulownia can crack, but I found that certain cuts are much less likely to crack than others. Fast Drying: This wood wets on the surface,however,water does not penetrate easily making it extremely fast drying. My neighborhood lumber yard (old-school Limback’s, in scenic downtown Ballard) carries Paulownia clapboard and common lumber..1x, 5/4x and 2x, all the way up to 2×12.

Paulownia wood will be resistant to humidity & moisture and kept well after dying, which act as the top-grade material for lining board of passenger ship and bus, packing cases for aviation transport and water transport. TIMBER TREATMENT- untreated paulownia timber is prone to various sap stain problems, some of which may not show for months or years. Paulownia is used in applications where a lightweight (yet proportionately strong) wood is needed. At a dry density of around 280kg/m3 paulownia is lighter than most common timbers.

Paulownia is extremely easy to work, however, due to a high silica content in some trees, the wood can have a strong blunting effect on cutting edges, so be sure your tools are extremely sharp. I thinks it great that you guy are finding new materials and ways to sustain our guitar industry. Except induatrial growing up in order to timber, paulownia has a meaning as a honey plant. Planks can be dried in ovens at high temperature over 24 hours until the moisture content in wood reaches 10-12%. When considering the large amount of epoxy that Balsa soaks up, Paulownia gains an even larger weight advantage. Low silica content results in longer life of all tool edges when working with Paulownia.

Common Uses: Plywood, veneer, furniture, boxes, millwork/siding, musical instruments (electric guitar bodies), clogs, carvings, and other small specialty items. From the descriptions on here it sounds like it might be a brittle wood that could be tricky to bend in thicknesses greater than 1/2 inch. At first, you should determine the plantation purpose because that decision directly influences Paulownia seedlings. Paulownia trees are disease resistant and have a high temperature resistance – making Paulownia wood almost bullet proof to the elements.