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Specializing in Paulownia since 1989
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  • End table
    End table made of Paulownia by an APA member.
  • Paulownia Kayak
    Paulownia Kayak by customer in Knoxville, TN
  • APA Paddle
    Canoe paddle made of Paulownia by an APA member.

Paulownia LumberRough sawed lumber ready to be planed for custom orders.

Paulownia Lumber

We do have paulownia lumber for sale; both for large projects and hobby wood projects.

Paulownia wood is in a market all of its own. It is a specialty wood with many unique charcuteries. Because of its light weight, water tightness, stable dimensions, it has found markets in water sports, furniture, molding industry, and as a excellent alternative to basla wood. The wood also weathers well outdoors and has been found as a suitable substitute for redwood. And of course, the acoustics for musical instruments is second to none, if the tree is slowly grown.

Paulownia is not a wood for all projects. It is not a wood where weight bearing support is needed.

Orders

Custom Orders

In need of something other than something listed above, we can supply almost any dimension desired for your project. Just email us for a quote.

Please allow at least 60 to 90 days for processing custom orders. It takes time to harvest the lumber from the stump, saw, dry, and mill the lumber to the desire dimensions.

All pricing is by quote. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to proceed with an order. Balance is due before shipping/pick up.

Balsa Wood Alternative

Balsa has been incorrectly considered to have the highest strength to weight ratios of any wood in the world. Paulownia has been thoroughly tested and found to have a higher strength to weight ratio than Balsa! Auburn University tested the strength of 18 lb p/cubic ft. Paulownia against Balsa, with an average weight of 10 lbs p/cubic foot. Some Balsa core material is sliced at 3/8 inch with end-grained material. Paulownia can be cut at 3/16 and offer approximately the same strength and weight. Paulownia offers a space saving benefit, being cut half as thick. There is also a significant cost savings because half as much material is needed. Lighter grades of Paulownia weigh only 14lbs per cubic foot. This is lighter than many Balsa grades. When considering the large amount of epoxy that Balsa soaks up, Paulownia gains an even larger weight advantage. Paulownia is easily carved and can hold nails and screws without splitting. It also provides greater stability and flexibility for making molds and models. Lightweight 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 is almost 1/3 the weight of Oak (44 lbs p/cubic ft) and half the weight of Pine (30 lbs p/cubic ft). The specific gravity of Paulownia ranges between 0.23 to 0.30 (23 to 30% of the density of water). Strength Paulownia has one of the highest strength to weight ratios of any wood. Strength modus of rupture MOR (psi) of Paulownia is 5740. Paulownia holds nails and screws well and does not require pilot holes to be drilled. In fact both yellow poplar and white pine have proven to split before Paulownia. Flat head screws can be driven flush with the surface. Plantation grown Paulownia is mostly knot free, making it very consistent. Workability Paulownia has been widely used in the orient for fine furniture, musical instruments, carvings and decorative finishes for over 1000 years. It can be peeled for veneer in 1/16 inch thickness and has even been sliced at 1/32 inch. Intricate patterns can be cut with a jig saw or band saw without splitting easily. Paulownia has been a favorite for many carvers in the US. Furniture, doors and windows can be made with close tolerances. All normal finishing materials can be applied and it bonds well with glue. Stability Air-drying takes as little as 30 days. Boards can be kiln dried at high temperatures in as little as 24 hours to 10% to 12% moisture content with no warping. Reported shrinkage from green to oven-dry is only 2.2% radial and 4.0% tangential. Paulownia remains stable during changes in humidity and experiences little shrinkage or expansion compared to most other woods. It is highly durable and resists decay under non-ground contact conditions. The wood is insect resistant. Conductivity Paulownia is a very good insulator. Paulownia log homes are said to have twice the R factor as pine or oak logs. This temperature resistance serves to give the wood a high fire resistance. Ignition temperature is approximately 400 deg. C. which is almost twice many conventional American hard and soft woods. Attractiveness Paulownia has a light blond appearance and resembles White Ash. It stains well with a variety of colors and can be made to mimic other woods. Once planed a silky luster is revealed.

Summary

In short, paulownia is a specialty wood that is in short supply. We have lumber available for sale to meet your needs. Thanks for visiting!