I have a large maple (around 3' DBH) that is on it's way out. It's has many dead limbs and has gone downhill fast since we moved here 2 years ago. It's a shame to see it go, but I think it's a goner. It grew in the open on the edge of the woods so it has tons of branches all the way up. I'll get a pic to post tomorrow. I'm thinking this is likely going to be absolutely beautiful wood and I hate to see it all burned. I have plenty of trees to cut for firewood. I don't have a lot of spare cash laying around to have it all milled. But I'm wondering if I can make some slabs on the cheap? What about saving some hunks for future projects? My saw wouldn't handle milling, but if I could get my hands on an "Alaskan" style mill and borrow or rent a big a$$ saw, would that work for making a few slabs? I do have a pole barn where I could sticker and store some stuff and there is a lumber yard with a kiln just a couple miles down the road. I just don't know much about woodworking. Does anyone have some thoughts or can anyone suggest a good book? Once again, hiring it out is not in the ole budget. Thanks!