I’ve been walking around our tree line today. Looking for some likely prospects for sawlogs. Here’s what I’ve got to work with. 6 big maples that are over 100 years old and starting to die. One of them is too decayed and hollow to cut for lumber, but it might give a bunch of turning blanks.
Look how gnarly this one is. The log isn’t tall, but it’s thick. About 35” in diameter. It’s the smallest of the 6 trees. Here are three more on the other side of the yard.
This walnut isn’t sick or dying. It’s in it’s prime and would make a great sawlog, it’s huge and will be the last to cut because it adds so much to the yard.
Here’s what the back of the property looks like, the ridge has at least 50 trees from on end to the other. Poplar, red oak, white oak, walnut, black cherry, pine and a few other species are present.
Here’s a close up of one of the bigger poplar trees in the picture above.
If you look close at the base of the tree you can see my .22 squirrel rifle. I put it there for a size comparison.
Now you can get an idea of how big these trees are. I’ll have to split or quarter most of them to get them on my sawmill. Several of them have 3 – 16’ sawlogs in them.
This double sycamore is in the middle of the hay field. And next to it is this huge walnut.
I’m going to be taking down a few of these trees. The gnarly, bent, dying and sick ones. The strong, healthy, beautiful ones will get more light and produce more seeds. I’ll have lumber pictures soon and a review of my Timberking 1220
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