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Walnut Tree

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by cgoessl, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. cgoessl

    cgoessl New Member

    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.

  2. Doc

    Doc Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. scout26

    scout26 Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. cuervo

    cuervo Well-Known Member

    You might also try contacting any local furniture makers.
  5. NeoCon

    NeoCon Member

    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.
  6. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. williamlayton

    williamlayton Active Member

    The New Yankee Workshop?????
  9. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    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 .
  10. customfret

    customfret Active Member

    You don't say where the property is, but....

    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.
  11. cgoessl

    cgoessl New Member


    Thanks for the Replys. It has given me a couple of Ideas.

    Again Thanks
  12. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    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.
  14. BigG

    BigG Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. BothellBob

    BothellBob Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. Sheldon J

    Sheldon J Well-Known Member

    SAVE IT!

    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.
  17. Tokugawa

    Tokugawa Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Nail Shooter

    Nail Shooter Well-Known Member

    "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.

  19. sumpnz

    sumpnz Well-Known Member

    I 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.
  20. mrmeval

    mrmeval Well-Known Member

    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


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