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Walnut tree large dead limbs
« on: November 15, 2020, 08:27:54 PM »
 

 

I know itís good to cut smaller limbs but.  Is it better to cut large dead limbs off of these big trees or leave alone. Some of the dead limbs are probably like 6Ē way bigger diameter  Seems like walnut trees get a lot of big dead limbs. 

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Re: Walnut tree large dead limbs
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2020, 10:03:41 AM »
Do all your walnuts look like that?  Usually, trees that have enlarged knots are hollow or rotten on the inside.  I can't recall seeing a walnut like this one.  
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2020, 12:13:59 PM »
No these are just some examples. But when I was in the deer stand looking around there are many dead limbs on walnut trees high and low. Thatís pretty much what dominates the creek bottom everywhere on my place. I planed on taking a few of the larger ones but not all of them. Thatís why Iím asking these questions. Maybe Iím going to need to take a few more than I thought 😂. The one tree pictured is 118 inch circumference. I guess that puts it at 160+years old from the tree calculator. I hope the trees are not all hallow 😂. I plan on slabbing most of the stuff 2.5Ē for tables. And on the clear trees wide 1Ē stuff. The trees that Iím going to cut are in the range 85Ē to 120Ē circumference. Iíve got several downed trees to keep me busy for awhile 

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Re: Walnut tree large dead limbs
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2020, 04:02:30 PM »
I am not a forster, and i am not a pro logger, and with a name like walnut beast i would guess you know more than i do.  I am just a wood lover, property owner and noob sawyer.  That being said i would guess that tree and others like it are on the way down, past their prime.  I would say you are loosing good lumber every year you allow trees like that to stand.   Just a guess from a photo.   
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2020, 04:35:37 PM »
I doubt it and Iím not either 😂😂. I guess epoxy will fill many interesting voids when I get to that point with some table slabs. I think there will be some very interesting stuff in some of the trees in the pipeline. Some of these people are using more epoxy in there tables than the slab of wood 🙄😂

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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2020, 04:39:35 PM »
Tristen your on a great Forum with many good people and a wealth of information from them. Welcome 

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2020, 07:58:08 PM »
 I guess epoxy will fill many interesting voids when I get to that point with some table slabs. I think there will be some very interesting stuff in some of the trees in the pipeline. Some of these people are using more epoxy in there tables than the slab of wood 🙄😂
Maybe i should have put "good lumber" in quotes.   Yes that is going to be a very cool, interesting and valuable tree and make some beautiful stuff with the help of some epoxy.      By good lumber i meant the clear straight lumber sold in the box stores.  I think it should be harvested sooner rather than later,  i think it is loosing more wood every year than it is gaining.  But like i said just a guess from a few photos.   I would love to see the inside of that tree and I hope you get something beautiful out of it.
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Re: Walnut tree large dead limbs
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2020, 11:18:25 PM »
I think it should be harvested sooner rather than later,


That would be my take on them as well. 

If a tree is young and growing vigorously then it can heal over a surprisingly large scar before serious decay sets in. But if a tree is older and losing large branches, it's probably on it's way out. 

The logs will make some "character" slabs, a bit of epoxy and you are good to go. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2020, 11:37:59 PM »
  Ianab thatís what I was thinking about on many of the big ones I have. I hate to cut some of the big ones but I think itís been there time for awhile. Looking up high at many smaller ones there are plenty of dead limbs. But the Walnut trees pretty much dominate the creek bottom 

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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2020, 12:03:37 AM »
If you take them out and replant (or at least let them regenerate) then you should be able to grow better trees for future. Good management won't benefit us personally, but it will create good trees for someone in the future. A lot of forest management (for timber) is about the first 10-20 years. Thinning, weed and pest control, pruning etc. Harvest might be 50-100 years down the track, but it was that management in the early years that makes the difference. 
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Re: Walnut tree large dead limbs
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2020, 03:45:30 PM »
With walnut I've noticed that the decay doesn't spread out into the wood as much as other species.  With walnut I see a sharp line between decay/hollow and sound wood.  Probably because of the chemicals that color the wood.  I've heard a lot of ideas about what brings out the best color.  Some say the growing site, elevation, minerals, etc...  I think dead/dying walnuts have the best color.
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