I have quite a few good size Black Walnut tree on the property I moved
to recently. I'm an avid gardener, and these trees & their plant killing
toxins ( and messy nuts & branches) just don't fit into my current &
future landscape plan. Someone on the rec.garden newsgroup suggested I
look for a local woodworker or carver who might be interested in
removing the trees to use the wood.
The 2 biggest trees are probably about 2' diameter at the base, and
taller than my 2 story with attic house. 2 more are about 18" @ base.
Any suggestions where to look for such a person, other than usenet?
I'm located in Howard Co, MD
You might also post this in rec.crafts.woodturning. Turners are notorious
for scrounging free, 'problem' wood. And they do things with tree parts
that flat woodworkers can't easily use.
on the west coast...
DAGS for portable saw mills. Call the dealers to find out who has
them in your area. Contact them to see if they would be willing to
take the trees. There is an individual in my area that does that.
An Arborist who came by to see the trees convinced me that I would be
foolish to remove these old healthy trees. He pointed out there are
quite a lot of ornamentals that could be planted under them.
He suggested I hire a few day laborers during the annual heavy nut
dropping season, pay them a couple hundred dollars, then take all the
money I saved by not paying for tree removal, and use the savings for a
trip to Hawaii.
He also pointed out that 2 of the larger trees have some substantial
hollows in the trunk, making them not very valuable for cutting boards,
in his opinion.
I reckon I will keep them for a while.
He's probably right. Although black walnuts can have large limbs
the wood from limbs tends to be unstable and unsuitable for
boards. Turners may still be interested so keep that in mind
when the trees eventually do come down.
And black walnuts are VERY tasty.
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