Huge Mesquite Logs

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Blog entry by Mesquiteman posted 04-09-2011 03:06 AM 2034 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start by saying I get calls everyday about potential log purchases. Once tree service companies figure out that they can get cash for logs they take to the dump the phone starts to ring. I usually get calls for random species of logs that are found locally around here. Most of the logs are 10-15 inches in diameter. I got the call yesterday about 3:30 in the afternoon from a tree service guy I have bought from in the past. He said he had a huge mesquite that he was taking down and wondered if I wanted it. I ran over and looked at it and my jaw dropped. The base was 30 inches in diameter and it was 15 feet long. To pick this thing up with a skidsteer I had to cut it at the bend. I got an 8 foot by 30 inch log and 7 foot by 26 inch log out of it. I also got 4 12-14 inch diamter logs. The 30 inch diameter mesquite is the biggest mesquite I have cut on my timberking to date. Once the log is slabbed out I will post pics. The tree was taken down because the root system spread far enough to lift up a wall 20 feet away. I sealed the ends with paint to avoid end checking.
Hopefully the ol’ timberking can handle the monster log!

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 03:09 AM

WOW!! Far larger than any mesquite I have ever seen. Dosn’t grow that large in SW Oklahoma or North Texas

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 03:48 AM

Im not used to seeing them that big either, you can see in the bottom picture to the left, those are 10-12 inch diameter logs.

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 05:21 AM

I just had a largish walnut bole and the main fork crotch cut into flitches by a sawyer here in central Texas. His main business at the moment is cutting Mesquite – HUGE Mesquite. His timber yard is chock-a-block with Mesquite – dozens and dozens of logs on the order of this one that you found – there are Mesquite burls the size of Volkswagens (seriously!), including one they claim is the largest Mesquite burl ever. I’m sure not going to argue that point – it’s a monster. I wish I had snapped a few pics of the logs and burls – my mind was just boggled by the scale of these monsters. Man, I would so love to get ahold of a log like those or the one you have! Wow. They had just loaded their kiln with about 7000 bf of milled mesquite. Gee whiz! I got a brief peak at that kiln full – sure got me all wanting to do something with that!

At least I did get a few pics of the little stick of Walnut that I had cut – here’s a link to the pics on my blog: It ain’t Mesquite but it ain’t a bad hunk of walnut.

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 03:03 PM

I’m looking forward to seeing the inside. Nice score.

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