I saw mostly white pine and other eastern wood found here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I have the opportunity to get some catalpa logs around 30 inches at the butt. I have never sawed this type wood before. My question is, "is it worth my time to fool with sawing it and what is this wood best suited for"?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor R:
By all means saw it. It saws like a dream, and dries really easily. It is light weight, but very strong. It has a grain that is very similar to ash, but a deep brown color. Wood carvers really like it, so if you have that market, cut some 16/4. Catalpa has a strong tendency for high chatoyance, or light reflectivity. Move a piece of stock around in the sunlight and you will watch the grain jump around. I love the stuff if you couldn't tell. It’s great for furniture making as well as the carving, just on the soft side. I have never cut one that didn't have some hollow though.