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Source for Pawlonia Or Alternative

Submitted by JimD777 on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 08:35

I know that I can get Pawlonia at Goose Bay Lumber in New Hampshire. It took nearly 3 hours to get there, and I was slightly disappointed at what they had in stock-mostly short lengths, and it looked like it had been in the rain a couple of years. I'd use something else, if I could find a good-looking light weight  similar wood.

Hi

 You can get Pawlonia wood in 1"x 6"x 96" from clearwoodpaddleboards.com, though it is a bit pricey.  I was able to get Pawlonia siding in 3/4" x 6"x 16' at a local yard in Michigan for much less about $20.oo a board. The siding is finger jointed but being I was going to paint the hull of my boat it wasn't a concern for the looks of the finished boat.

I can say this, the wood is feather light and quite strong. The only down side I had was with using a hand plane. The finger jointed wood has it's grain going in all directions so sanding was a better option for finishing.

 Walt