I don't generally price this sort of "lumber". Considering I'd have to tr avel about 200 miles to collect it and all the work involved to produce a f inished project, I'm of the mind that I might pay a gratuity for its availa bility, rather than pay for the wood stock itself.
I suspect the owner would like a fairly nice fee for it, but I don't want t o pay anything for it. I'm inclined to ask to be paid to haul it off. I think the owner is a lady and I'm not sure she knows too much about lumber prices/pricing/logging in general, etc. I don't want to tell/imply, to h er, that she doesn't know about lumber, etal, though her ad is directed to craftsmen. Seems she doesn't/may not know the work involved, hence the r elative worth of the wood stock. I don't want to insult the lady as to he r knowledge or with regard to any fee she may want or with my negotiation ( pros & cons) for a possible low-price offer.
As for as I know, there is no precedent for pricing root ball stock as a wo od product (lumber). This sort of stock is generally discarded, i.e., one pays for it to be removed.
Though you all might not have interests in this sort of "lumber", What valu e might you place on the root ball, only, so that the lady would be satisfi ed with some sort of (gratuity?) offer, if anything at all?
If you owned the root ball, would you expect it has a value and, if so, wha t value?