Paulownia Development offers you some advice to maximize your profit with your Paulownia plantation. Plantation grown Paulownia is mostly knot free and holds nails and screws well without requiring pilot holes to be drilled. Owing to its extraordinary qualities, Paulownia has become an ever-present tree in parks and gardens not only in Asia, but also in USA and Europe. 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. I know some HWS (hollow wood surfboard) builders that would pay good money for that wood in your area.
The longer alaias seemed newer (and now I know that they may not have been made in ancient times), but they were all as thin as they could possibly be. Princes Kaiulan’s board was so thin on the rail that it looked like it would crack of you touched it. They were all made out of koa which is a pretty heavy wood. The balsa sucks up water like a sponge and becomes weak and heavy when water enters the wood. Because paulownia resembles Western Red Cedar in weight and strength it is increasingly being used in the marine industry. Dr. H. Michael Mike” Barnes is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of wood preservation and durability.
Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Marketing Committee monitors current log prices and explores possible new uses for Paulownia wood. Paulownia is the premier wood for producing surfboards because it has a good weight to strength ratio, is light, and absorbs less salt water than many other types of wood. In particular, it is a popular choice for the Alaia; a traditional Hawaiian surfboard.
For the last several years, Paulownia wood has started to replace older, more common woods like Balsa and Birch. Paulownia trees are drought resistant once their roots fix them deep into the earth, in search of water, rather than at the surface. Yet growers like Mr. Blickenstaff insist that paulownia is a valuable tree that can be easily controlled, if grown in the right place. Paulownia is about 2/3 the weight of the lightest commercial wood grown in the US. It weighs an average of 14 to 19 lbs per cubic foot.
Paulownia wood is knot free, which greatly reduces wastage and makes it a good choice for many buyers. At St. Charles Hardwood, we realize that the benefits of Paulownia wood are great. If you have any questions regarding the uses of Paulownia wood or you would like to see our selection of Paulownia wood that we supply in stock, visit one of our St. Louis hardwood lumber stores today!