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Paulownia Wood Uses

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the demand for Paulownia wood in the United States. From furniture manufacturers to the builders of trucks and buses, this strong, versatile wood is becoming popular across the country for a variety of types of projects.

At St. Charles Hardwoods, we supply a huge selection of Paulownia wood that can be used for a wide variety of projects. To learn more about Paulownia wood and about the common uses for this type of wood, contact the woodworking experts at St. Charles Hardwoods or visit one of our lumber stores today.

Common Uses of Paulownia Wood

Even with the rise in the use of Paulownia wood, many people are unaware of its uses. In its native country of China, it has been used for centuries for a variety of projects. Here are some of the common uses of the wood:

  • Even before the tree was brought to the United States, one of the most common uses of Paulownia wood in China and Japan was the making of furniture. Its silky luster and its light weight make it a great wood for making chests, dressers, and sofa sets.
  • Paulownia wood has always been used widely in the manufacture of instruments. It is especially popular for making the soundboard of stringed instruments in China and Japan. In the United States, it is now being used to make the body of low cost electric guitars.
  • Those who do wood carvings are big fans of Paulownia wood. It is pliable and easy to work with. It has little or no knots and does not split when nails or screws are driven into it. Therefore, it has all the qualities that artists and wood carvers look for in their wood.
  • More recently, surfboards made from Paulownia wood have become a huge hit in coastal regions. Its tendency to be warp-resistant and lightweight makes for ideal surfboard material. Unlike Balsa, surfboards made from Paulownia wood do not have to be glassed.

Advancements in the Use of Paulownia Wood

Every day, more and more industries are finding uses for Paulownia wood. Its light weight and temperature resistance have proven beneficial for many applications. In addition to home construction and basic woodworking, some fields where Paulownia wood is being experimented with are:

  • Marine construction
  • Construction of aircrafts
  • Manufacture of on-road vehicles like trucks, buses, RV’s and even trains
  • Building crates to ship goods
  • Vehicle interiors
  • Formula-1 and Formula-2 boats for racing

St Charles Hardwood Supplies a Variety of Paulownia Wood

At St. Charles Hardwood, we realize that the benefits of Paulownia wood are great. That is why we bring you the best Paulownia lumber available. For the last several years, Paulownia wood has started to replace older, more common woods like Balsa and Birch. We recognize this growth and that is why we make this wood more accessible to our customers.

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!