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cgoessl
November 30, 2005, 10:20 PM
This past weekend, I had a 70 Year Old Walnut tree fall on my property. After talking to my neighbor, he stated that there might be some gunsmiths that would like to purchase some wood from the tree. The wood is in excellent shape. If you know anyone that would be interested in some wood, or know how to contact a gunsmith, please let me know. I reside near Dayton, Ohio.

Thanks

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Doc
November 30, 2005, 11:10 PM
good luck!
i tried in vain to GIVE AWAY about a cord of black walnut
from two trees which had to be cut on my property!
i contacted several woodwording and gunstock makers,
no one wanted the wood.

scout26
November 30, 2005, 11:55 PM
Send an e-mail to Tom at:

stocksmithshop at aol dot com

or call him at (six three zero) two six four - one nine four eight.

cuervo
December 1, 2005, 07:27 AM
You might also try contacting any local furniture makers.

NeoCon
December 1, 2005, 07:30 AM
I guess it all depends on where you live. My father-in-law lives in upstate NY. He has people beggin to cut down his trees.

22-rimfire
December 1, 2005, 07:51 AM
Walnut is a valuable wood. I would suggest you contact somebody in your area that does logging. I would not cut up the tree other than perhaps trimming the small branches up until they look at it. It all depends on the diameter as far as its usefulness in general. Perhaps at a minimum they they pick up the tree and remove it from your property for free especially if it is a problem.

ScottsGT
December 1, 2005, 08:50 AM
I have a piece in my basement that dad bought to make a fireplace mantle out of years back. It's about 6' tall, 16" X 6" and about 75lbs.
Thought about contacting Wenigs or Boyds to see if I could cut a deal for a couple of stocks if I ship it to them. It would be cheaper to just buy the stocks than ship the wood.

williamlayton
December 1, 2005, 08:51 AM
The New Yankee Workshop?????
Blessings

mete
December 1, 2005, 09:03 AM
While walnut can be valuable it takes an old one. Walnut is considered mature at 150 years and can live to 250 ! Mine is about 60 but isn't big enough to get much as far as rifle stocks .You don't want the sap wood , only the heartwood .

customfret
December 1, 2005, 09:28 AM
If the tree is in a yard there is a good likelyhood it has nails, bolts, fence wire, etc. imbedded in it where something was once attached & the tree grew over it so it doesn't show now. Sawmills usually avoid such logs like the plague since the risk of ruining a very expensive carbide tipped sawblade worth many times the value of the lumber that would be cut from the tree is not worth taking.

cgoessl
December 1, 2005, 09:35 AM
Thanks for the Replys. It has given me a couple of Ideas.

Again Thanks

ScottsGT
December 1, 2005, 09:36 AM
A lot of sawmills now use metal detectors on wood before they cut it. SC has thousands of acres of pine forests that are grown for the papermills. In years past a lot of land was off limits to hunting due to lead getting into the wood. But now they have metal detectors that check the logs before being cut up into timber or chipped up for pulp.

hso
December 1, 2005, 10:04 AM
If you cut it into firewood lengths it is only good for firewood.

Look up the local mini mills and ask them. Many times they will buy or trade for good furniture grade wood. You will be shocked at how little you get in exchange, but keep in mind that you're getting a cured chunk of wood in exchange for a tree trunk that is only potential.

Also call the tree services in your area. Many of the know folks who might be interested.

BigG
December 1, 2005, 11:14 AM
There are other considerations. When I was in woodworking, walnut was available in various grades. The most highly coveted was foreign grown in inhospitable climes. This was the dense harder wood with good figure. Most local grown walnut is relatively soft and porous unless it grows slowly in fairly poor soil conditions. That's what I remember anyway.

BothellBob
December 1, 2005, 03:58 PM
Be careful with the stump and roots. The wood just above and below the ground line is particularly desirable for stocks. A usually reliable source told me that a 100+ year old black walnut tree in Olympia, Washington sold for $50,000.
-BothellBob

Sheldon J
December 1, 2005, 09:06 PM
Check the yellow pages there are quite a few of those portable saw mills around (I know of a guy at work that has one) have the trunk cut up into large planks and stack and dry them for the next 10 years that is unless you know some one that has a kiln. I have seen nice hunks go for hundred$ of bucks.

Tokugawa
December 1, 2005, 09:18 PM
The folks I know who cut hardwood won't pay much for a tree, unless it is really exceptional. After you buck it, load it , drive it, unload it, stack it, saw it, get rid of the slash and jacket wood and then sticker it and dry it you have a lot of work invested in a log, and then there is no telling how long you need to sit on your investment till it sells. Thats why the price is so high- it is not that the raw material is so valuble, it is that there has been a lot invested in it.

Nail Shooter
December 1, 2005, 11:24 PM
"In years past a lot of land was off limits to hunting due to lead getting into the wood. But now they have metal detectors that check the logs before being cut up into timber or chipped up for pulp."


A few bullets buried in trees do not harm any type of woodworking saws or equipment since they are so much softer than the blades/tools used to work wood. Nails, fence wire, or any STEEL objects imbedded will take tools out however.

NS

sumpnz
December 2, 2005, 08:51 AM
"In years past a lot of land was off limits to hunting due to lead getting into the wood. But now they have metal detectors that check the logs before being cut up into timber or chipped up for pulp."


A few bullets buried in trees do not harm any type of woodworking saws or equipment since they are so much softer than the blades/tools used to work wood. Nails, fence wire, or any STEEL objects imbedded will take tools out however.

NSI seem to recall an episode of NYWs where Norm resawed a piece of cherry and discovered a lead bullet imbeded in the wood. He assumed, probably correctly, that it was from a long ago deer hunter who missed a deer. He left the bullet where it was and made sure it was visable in the finished work.

Regardless, it didn't harm his tools at all, and his tools aren't nearly as beefy and robust as what you'd find in a sawmill.

mrmeval
December 3, 2005, 12:21 AM
Depending on size and how well it wil dress out there are places that buy those. Most stock makers want seasoned wood or kiln dried and done to specifications that are tighter than furniture.

Might help
http://www.forestindustry.com/sector/lumber_wood/a-z_categories/hardwood_log_buyers_brokers.html





This past weekend, I had a 70 Year Old Walnut tree fall on my property. After talking to my neighbor, he stated that there might be some gunsmiths that would like to purchase some wood from the tree. The wood is in excellent shape. If you know anyone that would be interested in some wood, or know how to contact a gunsmith, please let me know. I reside near Dayton, Ohio.

Thanks

mcosman
December 3, 2005, 07:05 PM
I built my sons crib out of a walnut tree that was cut down in AK. on my grandfathers friends property. It was too immature to do anything large with it. They cut it, shipped it to UT and since we're a desert..was making furniture within 6 mo. My grandfather made a rolltop desk and Me and my brother got the rest for our stuff. Best looking furniture in the house IMHO. If I were closer I would rush right over and buy the thing from you and take care of it from there. Pitty. :uhoh:

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