I just received a pair of paulownia bows from Rick Long and they are wonderful! They feel like an extension of my hand. Less "weight" than average bows so my guess they will be perfect for children or those of us with arthritis.
The color is like a simple maple and may be seen online at www.worldpaulownia.com According to that site the wood accepts a walnut stain readily...but it is pretty in its own right.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Kristi