On The Lathe #3: Paulownia Experiment

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 06-30-2013 02:51 PM 2454 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of years ago we had to do some cutting of a Paulownia Tree. (Princess Tree) I took several pieces and they have been hanging out and drying for quite a while. The wood is extremely light weight but very sturdy. I finally pulled a log out this morning as I am was cutting blanks.

I decided to cut a few large blanks at first to see what it was like. Decided to go with 2 bottle opener blanks.

It turns very quickly and a little rough. but once you have a shape it goes quick.

The first one came out pretty good. With the opener it only weighs like 2.5 ounces.
So I made a second one to experiment with dye it.

It seems to take the dye very well. Which is something I was looking for as my dyed pens are quite popular right now. I cut a number of pen width pieces and will cut them down a little later to day in to blanks as I am planning to do a large amount of blank creation this whole week.

I did not glue the openers into these yet as I am a little short on openers but here is what the final outcome would look like.

Looking forward to seeing the pens and also ””pendants made with these turn out I think the “pen”dants will be very nice considering how light this stuff is. Very comfortable to wear.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 03:26 PM

Looking great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 09:29 PM

Looks good. Wondered what pawloina looked like.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 02:59 AM



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