Harvesting paulownia for surfboards.

Yesterday was paulownia harvesting day.

Here Scott 'Scrappy Dog'  makes a start by topping the first tree.


Flower buds

Scott surfs, but not on this day as he spent 5 and a half hours climbing.

Some of the slimmer trees are topped and left standing so that they can thicken up after being given more room to grow.

I acted as the 'groundie' by throwing a rope with a small sandbag up the tree to Scrappy, which he'd tie on so that I could pull the logs over in the right direction  

The trees were tall and surrounded by building and an orchard so they had to be felled very carefully.

Approximately 2.5 cubic metres of surfboard wood

Around 17 years of growth . . .. .