I read a while back about a company in Houston that specializes in
harvesting large unusual local trees for furnitures (tabletops, etc).
We have a Black Jack Oak that is over 100 years old that has died.
The trunk is about 13 feet in circumference.
Are any of the Houston residents on this conference familiar with the
company I am talking about? I cannot find them with Google search.
I remember the service you are talking about but I also cannot recall
the name of the company. I do however have an idea for you. You can
google "portable saw mills". You will come up with entries like Hud-
son Forest Equipment and Wood Mizer Sawmills. You can call these
manufacturers and find out who they have sold units to in Houston.
These local owners will probably offer the service you need.
I looked under Services, on Craislist, but didn't see anything with my
limited search. You might try a more extensive search, there.
Call a few local tree cutting/trimming services.... they should know
who, in the area, saws logs. Or one of these services may have a saw,
as one service, here, does.
Other than above, you may have to look toward Cleveland, Livingston,
*Woodville or *Jasper for a mill, as best I know.
If you can't find a sawmill (don't forget you have to GET the tree TO the
sawmill), you can build your own saw.
Here's some videos of homemade sawmill bandsaws.
There are even guides for a chainsaw that will help make lumber out of a
You might also try millwork shops. I visited one to get some molding and
they had a warehouse full of raw lumber, um, "planks" about 18x18 inches by
20 feet long (teak, mahogany, walnut... all manner of exotic woods) waiting
to be turned into something pretty.
Unfortunately, odds are 50:1 that it's rotted inside.
Good luck, though. Cross _all_ your appendages, Bob.
It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness;
poverty and wealth have both failed.
-- Kin Hubbard
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