Re: Raw Paulownia Wood & Alaiablanks for Europe
interesting comment silverio - cedar in the UK is silly money - timber merchants laugh when you ask for it, I was recently quoted 120x8x2400mm lengths at £16 each from a local yard - how that compares cubic metre wise I shudder to think..
we have scots pine - a national builders yard sells 100x50x3000mm lengths at £6.80, so will use this for the next board.
paulownia just isn't available in the UK so maybe worth the cost for an experiment - I'd love to try it, so will save up for some. at 20-euros a length its a bit pricey but what the hell - it'll make a grand board.
IMO the UK should be investing in fast growing timber plantations as a green renewable fuel - no one does yet, so expect to pay a premium to an importer.
in so much as the UK being a "rich" country - maybe, its all relative, the cost of living here is pretty high, so money left at the end of the month after household expenses is not much. I certainly don't feel rich - maybe a portugese paulownia plantation could make you a fortune!! I'll start you off with some seeds if you like.
must dash, the butler has just informed me that sherry is served in the drawing room, followed by our evening meal of quails in aspic, poached sturgeon, roast swan, followed by ox