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Tom Megow
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Mar 17th, 2016 at 10:56am
 
A buddy gave me this chunk of wood. He thinks it is Ash I have no clue. I will turn it later regardless, just wanted to know what it is
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Reply #1 - Mar 17th, 2016 at 10:58am
 
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Reply #2 - Mar 17th, 2016 at 10:11pm
 
Looks like it!
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Reply #3 - Mar 17th, 2016 at 11:40pm
 
If that hole in the center was in there, and you didn't drill it out, I would guess Royal Empress Tree, or also Paolonia tree or some thing like that. Very light weight, grows very fast, and that has some big growth rings.

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Reply #4 - Mar 18th, 2016 at 7:49am
 
I agree with Reed.I think it is Paulownia .I made a lamp out of the piece I turned because of the hollow pith.The wood is very soft and carves better than it turns
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Reply #5 - Mar 22nd, 2016 at 9:24am
 
been wanting to try to find some paulownia...it's a traditional woodworking tree of choice in Japan used by sashimono crafters for centuries.  There used to be a tradition that when a baby girl is born, a paulownia tree was planted, so that by the time she reached the age to marry, the tree would be ready to harvest to make her dowery chest.
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Reply #6 - Mar 22nd, 2016 at 1:14pm
 
I believe the wood is also used as a sound board for that Japanese slack stringed instrument.

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Reply #7 - Mar 22nd, 2016 at 4:05pm
 
How much paulownia  are you looking for Tim?
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Reply #8 - Mar 23rd, 2016 at 3:14pm
 
heh....that's a VERY dangerous question to ask a self-avowed wood-hoarder. Wink    mostly i'd like to see how it works.  I've always been a fan of sashimono woodwork and watching vids of them working with the stuff is just plain amazing.

I suspect it's a bit on the "soft" side, given the characteristics i've looked up about it.  I've heard it compared to Eastern Red Cedar in it's density.

   Haven't  much mention of it being used for turnings, mostly it seems to used to make boxes and such.   I'd be happy with some modest off cuts and scraps from someone's scrap bin  - say enough to make maybe a smallish box
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Reply #9 - Mar 25th, 2016 at 7:41am
 
Tim,I sent you a PM with a list of the sizes I have.
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