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Paulownia Tomentosa (Paulownia)

We received our new load of paulownia lumber about a month ago and it’s beautiful material! This product is an upgrade from our previous stash and we’re stoked to be able to offer it to our frame kit customers and anyone building strip planked water craft.

Paulownia wood planksIf you’ve never heard of paulownia wood or had a chance to work with it, we are offering free samples for you to check out. Drop us a note and we’ll send you a sample to check out. We are also offering FREE MILLING for the month of September 2018 when you buy any Clearwood frame kit!! You buy the paulownia planks and a frame kit and we’ll mill the planks for you and send them ready to go. The strips will be ¼” X 1 ¾” X 96” and the yield is nine strips per plank. Sorry, no custom milling sizes. This offer will only be available through the month of September 2018 and is only available in the continental U.S., so this is your chance to save big on pre-milled paulownia strips!

Paulownia wood is the best wood I’ve found to build a light weight, strong board. It’s easy to work with and plantation grown and super consistent. Here are the specifications for those interested in technical data:

Paulownia, Royal Paulownia, Princess Tree, Kiri

Scientific Name: Paulownia tomentosa

Distribution: Native to eastern Asia; also planted in eastern North America

Tree Size: 30-65 ft (10-20 m) tall, 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 18 lbs/ft3 (280 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .25, .28

Janka Hardness: 300 lbf (1,330 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 5,480 lbf/in2 (37.8 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 635,000 lbf/in2 (4.38 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 3,010 lbf/in2 (20.7 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 2.4%, Tangential: 3.9%, Volumetric: 6.4%, T/R Ratio: 1.6

I’m fascinated by the range of products made from paulownia wood. In addition to our customers that make hollow, boards, paipos, alais and hand planes, we have commercial customers that make custom fishing lures called “crank bait”. I’d never heard of such a thing but when the fishing lure guys found out about our clear, dry paulownia they thought they had struck gold!

Clearwood Paddleboards has some great customers and many of them have become friends. We love what we do here at Clearwood and look forward to engaging with the process and customers every day.

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