I just dug up a 5oyo burl from a black walnut tree. I'm told its very
valuable. Does anyone know how much I should ask for it? It's so big
that my teenage son and I can't lift it out of the hole.
It might be somewhat valuable but it's worth nothing until you can
find someone to buy it. Most sawyers don't want to deal with singles,
especially harvested from a yard or field, especially if it came from
underground. Too much chance of imbeded metal or rock and not enough
volume to make it worth cutting. I'd check with local turning clubs.
One tip. Cover the exposed raw wood with anchorseal/paint/wax/etc. to
keep it from checking. If it cracks it will be worth significantly
less, if anything. Sorry to have to say that you didn't hit it big. If
you can sell it for turning blanks you might get a couple hundred,
depending on size, quality, and condition. You also might get much
less or nothing at all.
the fact that you and your teenage son would even attempt to lift it out
of the hole tells me it's not very big. i've got a couple black walnut
stumps here that myself with my forklift can hardly lift and these are
already out of the hole.
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