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HELP PLEASE 500 yo oak

Started by Robert Schaaf, June 18, 2024, 11:51:35 PM

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Robert Schaaf

I inherited twin oaks ranch. Ashland Oregon.
I had to have the tree in front taken down today.  The tree in back we lost about 15 years ago. Twin Oaks to no oaks :(  It's over 500 years old and literally huge.  I hoped to do something with this tree but I think no one can move it.  Is it possible to set up something to get it small enough to mill?  Ideally I would get a new floor for the house and a barn and and and it's literally HUGE  PS  the wood is not hollow  SOLID

Southside

How big is big?  PS I have family in Lakeview and have been through Ashland a lot when we lived there.  Welcome to the Forum.  
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rusticretreater

How about some measurements?  Sounds like you are talking semi truck n trailer stuff.
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Ianab

You should look for someone with either a Swing Blade or "Mobile Dimension" style sawmill. Basically a mill that can be hauled to the site and set up around the log were it lays. Over 6ft dia can be a challenge, but if you want to convert a 6ft  dia log to 6"x1" quarter sawed boards, that's the sort of machine you need to hire. 

Oregon has some big logs, so hopefully you can find someone local with a mill than can deal with them.

My theory is that when the log weighs significantly more than the mill, it's easier to move the mill to the log. :thumbsup:  
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customsawyer

I deal with over sized logs fairly regularly. We really need some measurements before we can offer solid advice. Many times a customers version of "huge" is just a average log. It is only huge until it shows up at the mill.
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YellowHammer

Pictures and measurements please. 
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Stephen1

Welcome to the Forum. As everyone has said some measurements please.
I always ask my customers when they say 'huge' can 1 person put their arms around the tree or does it take 2 people or more?
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Old Greenhorn

The devil is always in the details so providing some numbers will help a lot. What kind of Oak is this? 500 years is not out of the realm of possibility for an oak, but it is near the high end of lifespan. I assume you are putting an age on it based on the anecdotal history of the property rather than a ring count? Also, is this bucked into logs? How long are those?
Either way, you have options but those will depend on the specific details. It's always nice to use a legacy tree as a visible part of your home construction.
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