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Catalpa... ()

Paul in NJ
David,

I don't know about the market for it. It is a very nice wood for carving. It takes nice detail, just right hardness, and almost feels waxy under the gouge.

I have heard it used (along with sassafras) to match chestnut, the color and grain characteristics similar. It is pungent smelling as you have noted. The odor when machining was strong and obnoxious to me smelling almost like kerosene.

regards,
Paul Dzioba

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