Think it's worth it? Down black walnut tree

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by gritsar, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    DH and I were up at the old homestead yesterday (other end of the farm) and noticed that there are two trees down. One is a black walnut, one is a cedar.

    DH said he will salvage the cedar for fence posts, but was dreading dealing with the black walnut because of it's enormous size. I told him that to save himself the hassle (it would be a two man job) he should just advertise the black walnut for free to anyone that wants to come remove it.

    DH says no one would be interested because part of the tree is now hollow, but there's at least 15 ft. that is still salvagable.

    Wouldn't that 15 ft. of black walnut be worth it to someone?
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Can't hurt to try, it's beautiful wood! But ask a price for it, unless they are willing to haul it ALL away.
  3. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Central, Illinois
    Maybe call a lumber place that makes wood floors?
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Betcha an incubator someone will want it. Oh, wait, I'm on your side in this issue - never mind the bet. Just post it on Craigslist and watch how fast somebody comes to get that black walnut tree!
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Yeah..isnt black walnut supposed to be real good wood??
    Put it on CL...its worth a shot....
  6. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    It depends on your area really. We listed a hickory and nobody has gotten it [​IMG] It's great for smoking wood, and there are tons of BBQ places around here, but no bites whatsoever.
  7. Gardengirl 2011

    Gardengirl 2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    Central Florida
    I too would list for free if it's all hauled off. THAT'S the expensive part!
  8. peepacheep

    peepacheep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Black walnut is often a wood of interest for gun makers, harp makers, and wood turners. There used to be someone in my area that specialized in buying, removing, and milling hardwood trees from people's yards. (We bought a 4 ton section of burly Big Leaf maple from him. Made a lot of of bowls from that chunk of tree trunk.) Don't know what the market is for black walnut in your part of the country is but someone with a portable mill might be interested in that tree.
  9. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I'd advertise it, maybe on Craigslist, maybe talk to your extension agent to see if they know someone who might be interested. If you really have a decent sized diameter 15 foot log that is veneer quality, it is probably worth someone's time and effort. And if you need a diameter, measure it at the smallest end, not the largest. Of course it depends some on how hard it is to get to it with equipment.

    Good luck with that one.
  10. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    Do your research, black walnut is valuable.

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