I have a tree that fell on my property. Its a 2ft diameter hemlock
(evergreen, small needles, bark looks like a regular tree). Its been
dead for about 3 years and have no idea if its infested with anything
or not. Is it worth my trouble to get it milled up?
It's resistant to rot and infestation, and is often used for exterior
trim. I think its worth something. Do an online search and look for
prices in your area:
On 27 Oct 2005 10:52:57 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Note that right and left coast varieties differ.
Neither are considered more than moderately resistant in the heartwood, and
are therefore used as structural lumber rather than trim.
Last year I had 5 new posts put in the basement of my ~150 year old
barn/garage/workshop, and the builder used rough hemlock. Each is rough and
10 or so inches square, I think. I'm not sure what they go for new, but
knowing a use for the wood might help you.
Thanks to all that replied. It'll probably end up as firewood. I was
hoping that on some off chance that it might be good for furniture. Oh
welll, I do still have a hickory to use as boards... :-)
I'd be very surprised if it weren't insect infested and/or rotten if it's
been down for three years... There is a lot of hemlock around here and from
what I've seen, once it's on the ground it deteriorates quickly. This is a
very different situation from milled lumber that is generally kept out of
the weather, or painted and maintained, where hemlock is OK. It makes poor
firewood--too soft and leaves a lot of creosote in the chimney.
Here in the NW, hemlock is commonly used as baseboards & trim in tract
houses, including the one I live in. It takes stain & lacquer well. It's
similar in grain to fir but lighter in color, more yellow whereas fir is
redder. Don't know about a tree that's been on the ground for 3 years
though. Firewood is a good possibility.
The pine family trees found in North America and eastern Asia called
hemlock (genus Tsuga) have no relation with the poisonous Eurasian
herbs in the Carrot family (genera Conium & Cicuta).
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