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Black willow I believe
« on: January 26, 2019, 08:33:01 PM »
I think I have a bunch of black willows. They are willow for sure and I think they are the black variety. 

I was wondering if they are any good for lumber or anything. I am going to get rid of them anyway. 

I have OWB if not any good for lumber I can burner anything 

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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2019, 08:44:38 PM »
Depending on the size. They make good caskets wood.
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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2019, 08:49:17 PM »
My eyes deceived me when I read the title and I was expecting a photo of a nasty arachnid you found in your bag of grapes today.   :D
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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2019, 09:19:11 PM »
I have sawn many Mbf of Black Willow that was used for paneling in homes.


 

 




 
Several examples of Black Willow.


 


 
A bit more.


 
Some logs are almost as dark as Walnut while others have a honey color but both are very pretty.

 

 
Two more examples of different colorations.
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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2019, 09:29:44 PM »
That's good looking lumber. Willow kinda stinks when burned. At least weeping willow does. Wouldn't stop me from using it if it were dumped in my lap, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it for burning purposes.

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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2019, 09:50:13 PM »
I am building a barn this spring (stick built) think I can use these willows for studs? 2x6s

I have a lot of them they need to be cut because that where my barn is going. And I do not have access to any pine or fur

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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2019, 07:54:30 AM »
Studs should work.  Take side lumber off of each side of your targeted center cant and then saw through.  Don't split the pith. 
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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2019, 12:38:07 PM »
 

This is a picture does someone want to confirm they are black willow?

Not the best with tree ID but getting better

 

 

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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2019, 01:42:22 PM »
Don't know about black willow but the willows around here make lousy firewood, heavy when green and dry really lite, not worth the space in my woodshed.
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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2019, 02:30:32 PM »
Doesn't look like willow I'm familiar with. They're a wetland tree. Are they near water, or wet ground?


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If it is black willow, I'd be leery of building where black willow was growing. Seems like it could cause problems(water) going forward.

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Re: Black willow I believe
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2019, 07:39:54 PM »
That tree is 15 from a crick... the ground used to be wet but I have since redirected the water. Sandy soil and drains very nice. I am confident they are willows. 

Ill try to take a picture of a few more some have tripled coming from the stumps. 

And yes willow is very lousy firewood. I will burn it in my OWB to get rid of it but wont go out of my way for it. I was wondering for framing materials or wood working.



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