|The purposes of the American
Paulownia Association are as follows:
Paulownia wood has been used in Japan for
centuries primarily as a furniture wood. Wooden chests of drawers called Tansu are made from
this wood and nearly every Japanese home has a Tansu of solid Paulownia,
or sliced Paulownia veneer glued on a Lauan plywood. The wood is
30% lighter than any comparable American hardwood, falling mid-way between
Balsa wood and poplar, being 15 to 19 pounds per cubic foot air dried.
To advance the science, technology,
education, and practice of the Paulownia culture (Paulownia spp.) including
planting, management and utilitzation
To discuss, disseminate, and exchange
the latest information and ideas concerning Paulownia and propagation materials
To encourage landowners to plant, manage,
and harvest Paulownia by the best known techniques
To use knowledge from research and experience
to benefit society
To encourage production and marketing
of Paulownia for a profit
To promote Paulownia and Paulownia products
in the domestic and export markets
To publish and distribute a news bulletin.
The tree will not rot when felled in the
forest unless it is touching a contaminant of some sort. Logs may be
debarked, milled into lumber,and exported or used in established domestic markets.
The lumber can be air dried in as little as 60 days in racks or kiln dried to 10% - 12% moisture in five to seven days.
Other uses of the wood are musical instruments
called Koto, wooden clogs called Geta, ornamental carvings,
wooden bowls and spoons, bas relief panels, and large and small gift boxes.
While the Japanese do not consider this tree "Holy" the wood is held in
reverence by those who work with the tree, possibly due to the ability
of the tree to regenerate from its own root. This, coupled with its
resistance to rot and its freedom from checking and cracking, may account for this reverence.
U.S.-based markets are being developed continuously and account for over 80% of all timber harvested domestically. Water and snow sport products make up much of the current usage, and marine grade plywood production efforts are well underway.
The Association sponsors annual meetings
with Universities and other sponsors to mesh the experiences from Association members with
academia and market service providers to sustain the rapid development of a superior grade and quantity
of marketable timber to fill the needs of future generations of wood product users.
The Executive Committee elects
officers at the annual membership meeting preceding each annual conference.
The Communication Committee
-- publishes the Association's newsletter to provide the most up-to-date information
on current events eaffecting Paulownia production and marketing as well
as allow the exchange of ideas and experiences of Association members.
The Marketing Committee monitors
current log and lumber prices and explores possible new uses for Paulownia wood.
The Research Committee experiments
and assembles data to be shared by Association members to aid in the production
of Paulownia timber.
Members of the Association are individuals
who want to stay current on Paulownia, those who are interested in becoming
involved in its future in the United States and supporting a green sustainable industry. The Association has
no salaried employees. All the dues income goes toward achieving
the goals of the Association. We encourage everyone interested in
Paulownia to join the Association and become involved.