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Re: Mill or sell as a log?
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2019, 05:53:20 PM »
   BTW - why do you want to do anything with it? Why even cut it? Is it in the way or do you think it is deteriorating? 

   I cut a couple of walnut snags last summer that had been dead on the stump as long as I have lived here (29 years in July) and, while the sap wood was gone, the heart wood was some of the prettiest I have ever cut. It looks to me like that butt log may be 8-10 ft of clear wood (If there is not an old fence buried in it ::) ). If you don't have a need or market for it I'd let it keep on growing. I have a lot like that on my place and I don't plan to cut them unless they fall or get sick (or somebody offers me enough for one for me and the wife to take another 4 week private tour to Southern Africa with the grandkids :D).
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Re: Mill or sell as a log?
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2019, 08:11:05 PM »
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Re: Mill or sell as a log?
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2019, 08:50:36 PM »
   Then in answer to your original question, unless you had a lottery winner making you a ridiculous offer for the log, I would saw it. I would likely saw a 3"-4" live edge mantel or two out of the butt log and, depending on the quality, I'd sell them for $300 or so each. I'd saw the short piece between the limbs up higher into 2" thick live slabs and make primitive Mortise and tenon style benches or sell the slabs to woodworkers. I sold a couple about 4' long X 14-15 inches wide the other day for about $55 each for a woodworker to use as tops on tables with old metal sewing machine frames. I typically sell my air dried walnut for about $5/bf. I have some big stuff offered at $10/bf and contemplating raising the price as it has been air dried a year now. I generate a few 4/4 boards in the process hobby woodworkers come buy to make birdhouses and such. The problem with those items is they are slow moving. How long can you afford to wait for your return? I don't know how your market compares to mine.


 Similar to what I sold for sewing machine table tops


 Primitive live edge mortise and tenon benches. (Disclaimer - this one is actually very dark cherry with lichtenburg etching/engraving applied.) I'd be asking $200-$250 for a similar 3'-4' long walnut bench sanded smooth and with a tung oil finish.
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Re: Mill or sell as a log?
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2019, 11:33:51 PM »
No way I would sale that one, saw it up, alot of value there after you dry it much more than if you just sold the log, 
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