I've heard that black walnut lumber is valuable.
I've got a healthy, mature (between 20-40 years) black walnut tree in
my back yard.
Are there companies that come to harvest these trees, and pay you for
the lumber, or does the cost of cutting it down erase any profit?
First of all, a 40 yo black walmut is not very big. Second,
forget the nails.... in the truly big (and old) trees, the fear
is horseshoes. I have had to place substantial deposits at
the local lumbermill, in case they hit a horseshoe... the cost
was $40/tooth on a huge bandsaw.
We had some on the farm when I was a kid. I know dad got a check for them. I
had to show them how to get the trucks in and keep the cows at bay while
they came down.
Best is to contact some one local. At 40 years young they may not be
interested. Ours were well over a 100 years when they were cut.
Maybe, maybe not. There are a few factors. Many saw mills will not touch
"yard trees" because they often have hidden nails, hammock supports and
other assorted metal that will damage the cutting blades. The size of the
tree and location come into play is it may be difficult to drop safely.
Go to the web site for Woodmizer and you may find an interested person
through their referral program.
Black/white walnut is valued. it will have to be over 24" in diam to make
it worth while. Age is not an issue, mass and straightness is.
I netted $22K for 5 veneer grade trees. the roots were carefully removed
and i found out later that they are value for gunstock material. Not much
in way of firewood was left, all got taken away.
Remove the obvious to reply. Experienced and reliable
Concrete Finishing and Synthetic Stucco application in the GTA.
not sure about today, but black walnut used to be expensive wood.
Check with specialty furniture makers and wood suppliers that either would
want the wood or can give references to others that may deal with raw wood
If good size trees then should be able to have someone harvest and still pay
you for them.
woodworkers. Forest grown trees are valuable because they are bigger,
have no low branches, and have no embedded metal from old fences. Trees
in a yard are usually a different story. Measure the tree's
circumference 4 1/2 feet from the ground and the height of the lowest
branch or scar and decide whether it might have ever been in a fence
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