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black walnut log lengths

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by RISurfer20, Apr 10, 2009.

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  1. RISurfer20

    RISurfer20 Member

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    I felled a black walnut. I have 12, 3 foot sections with a diameter of 16 to 18 inches. Not sure if I should use these as firewood or seek a wood worker. I imagine these lenghts would be ideal for gun stocks and furniture. Any one have any suggestions. Thanks.

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  2. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    I hear all sort and manner of rave reviews on black walnut here on this site, and I agree that it's nice for woodworking.

    HOWEVER, I ain't never had a soul come knockin' on my door beggin' to buy any of my standing black walnut, and I got a couple.

    I burn it.
  3. RISurfer20

    RISurfer20 Member

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    I have 2 mill companies interested and are willing to come to my home. Anyone have an idea as to whate price I should ask? They are small sections. I have 12, 3 ft. sections with diameters of 16 to 18 inches.
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    3 ft sections are quite small to run in a mill cant beleave they would be worth very much if they were in 8 ft lengths it would be worth 3 times as much
  5. JBinKC

    JBinKC Feeling the Heat

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    This is speculation but I wouldn't really worry about the length. My take is the interest in such a small quantity must be related to the recent demand in gun sales and gun stocks don't require long pieces.

    As for price since you have competition ask for bids. My guess it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 30-40 cents per board ft at the most unless you have veneer quality wood.

    I guess now is the time to sell walnut. I better call all of my friends who in the past had trouble pawning off much larger quantities of it.
  6. lexybird

    lexybird Minister of Fire

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    the market is down so bad nowadays ,that even alot of quality timber is only worth firewood prices
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    BrowningBAR Minister of Fire

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    If you aren't going to burn it, I'd use it to make a black powder muzzle loading rifle and matching pistol. You can get kits online. I think it would be a neat little project to make a stock to a muzzle loader from a tree on my property. But, that is only if you are into that sort of thing.
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    it's probably not worth much, I just bought a truckload of 4/4 kiln dried rustic walnut for 96c a board foot
  9. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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    Two summers back I got 4 cords of shagbark hickory, most of it was in the 12-16"dia range, 8' lengths. Local mills were not interested, called a couple of the bigger guys them either. Made great firewood this last winter.
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    mainstation Feeling the Heat

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    Search out a Woodturner in your area. 3' logs are of no interest to a sawmill where milled lumber starts at 8'. Too bad you didn't have 3 x 10' logs.
  11. Henz

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    you need to have someone come and grade the logs. check out the phone book for you nearest forrester to do so. that would give you a good indication if they are worth anything or not.
    Havign said that. you only talking three logs. I deal with mbf (thousand board feet)...You could figure out how many board feet you ahd in the log, but to give you an for-instance, a couple of years ago you would be paid $450-$780/mbf depending on what area you are in.
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    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    Most of the folks I had show interest in some long log lengths turned out to be interested if they were free.
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    do you ahve any local woodworking groups (organized)?? sometimes like around here the group will all pitch in together and split the logs up amongst themselves
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