I just started getting into making paddles. I used the Greenland plans I got from here. Been able to make a decent paddle. Problem is in getting decent wood. I have a couple sources for cedar but trying to get a 2x4 without knots is impossible. I do have some clear ordered. So...I read about paulownia being light weight. Any one heard of it before? Of any use for paddles?
A quote from Wikipedia, "fine grained soft and warp resistant properties also make Paulownia wood exceptionally suited for making wooden surfboards. "
Weight listed as 17-21# per cf. I've read red cedar is around 23# per cf.
Just put in an order and will have a couple pieces next week.