World Tree


The Lumber

The Empress tree’s beautiful wood is revered for it’s aesthetically pleasing grain. It’s high strength-to-weight ratio makes it a favorite amongst carpenters and builders.


Markets We Serve

Empress lumber is perfect for building surfboards, cabinets, Venetian blinds, home furnishings, musical instruments as well as other items you would use a light, water-resistant, hardwood for.


Products We Offer

World Tree can provide various grades and cuts of lumber based on your needs. We also offer a specialty selection harvested from President Jimmy Carter’s very own plantation.


Why Empress Eco-Timber?

The Demand for timber is anticipated to double over the next 30 years. World Tree’s Eco-timber is a unique lumber that serves many applications. It has been highly prized in North America for many years and, at this point, the North American market is underdeveloped. The demand is there, but the supply is mostly located overseas resulting in high import costs. Our sustainably grown timber appeals to green consumers. Empress Eco-Timber could replace Balsa for aerospace and turbine applications and be used wherever you would generally us Oak. Empress tree lumber is completive with bamboo ($60 billion industry) as a sustainable plywood product.

“It’s beautiful wood… I enjoy working with it. It’s a very hard wood and extremely strong.”

– President Jimmy Carter (author of The Craftsmanship of Jimmy Carter)

Lumber properties

Blonde timber with a long straight grain One of the highest strength to weight ratios of any wood Easily stained or painted Air dries quickly with low shrinkage and does not easily warp, crack or deform  
The average North American consumes the equivalent of a 100-foot tree every year and the United Nations predicts that demand for wood will increase by 40% by 2030 and double by 2050. Timber has increased in value at a rate 3% higher than inflation for the past 90 years. Since most timber investments are private holdings, they are not as susceptible to the whims of the stock market. In fact, timber has out-performed the stock market for the last 100 years.* In the future, industrial wood is likely to come from plantation-based timber as governments introduce environmental policies restricting the amount of old growth forests that can be used for wood production.

Products we supply

Pricing depends on the quality and finish of the wood and currently ranges from $3 per board foot for rough lumber and up to $14 per board foot or more. World Tree uses a proprietary 3 grade system, with varying prices depending on whether the wood is sold rough or finished.

Sliced veneer sheeting

(Custom Sliced as per customer requirements) generally 6″ – 8″ wide up to 8 foot long

Rough lumber

(sold on a 1/4 thickness basis)  4/4 up to 12/4,

Widths from 3″ up to 12″ and lengths up to 16 foot long

Note: 4/4 equals 1.0 inches

Planed lumber

(sold on an actual full count thickness basis and width basis)

Widths from 3″ up to 12″ and lengths up to 16 foot long

Note: 4/4 equals 1.0 inches

Premium lumber

A select volume of wood logged from Jimmy Carters private timber plantation.

Comes with a letter of authenticity and certification.

Markets We Serve

Beautiful blonde exotic hardwood Light as Balsa, yet stronger than Pine Highly water resistant Replacement for many Cedar applications
Paulownia is a light weight hardwood that is perfectly suited for many different applications related to aesthetics and/or water resistance. The wood has been prized overseas for many generations and products created from Empress wood are considered to be quite valuable and of high quality. Products range from surfboards, bannisters, crown molding, coffins, dowry chests, wine racks, musical instruments, paddle boards, cabinets, desks, book shelves, and blinds, just to name a few. The fact that Empress wood combines so easily with various resins and provides air and water tight properties set it apart from other competitive products in the market.


Finished Paulownia wood does warp or take on excess moisture making it a sure fit for many watercrafts, such as canoes, paddle and surfboards.

It’s strength to weight ratio once again makes Paulownia a highly sought out wood for buoyancy projects.

Musical instruments

Paulownia has been widely used for musical instruments for many years and is considered to be aesthetically pleasing as well as acoustically impressive. 

The attribute to hold it’s shape over time also becomes a major factor to creating beautiful timeless instruments.


The magnificent grain of Paulownia compliments any wardrobe or cabinetry for the office or home. 

The wood’s ability to take stain seamlessly allows for matching a particular decor.

Venetian blinds

Paulownia’s strength to weight ratio is considerably low compared to most hardwoods which makes it a wonderful match for blinds and shutters. 

The beautiful grain of the wood provides a perfect accent to any home. 

Home furnishings

Many types of furniture have been developed using Paulownia wood.

Items such as chests, wine boxes, bannisters, and tables have been crafted from the revered lumber. Much of what Cedar is used for can be replaced by Paulownia. 

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