Urban wood salvage - black walnut

  • Advertise with us
Project by branchout posted 12-31-2008 03:49 AM 7892 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This black walnut tree was taken down in August by a home owner about a block from me. The home owner for some reason had to cut this big black walnut down. Luckily I came across it and manage to save it from the fireplace. We shared the lumber and labor to mill it down with my chainsaw mill. Shown is small top section above the trunk.

-- Live, think, breath wood...

18 comments so far

View lumberknowledgist's profile


30 posts in 3462 days

#1 posted 12-31-2008 04:25 AM

Nice Save! Who makes that contraption sitting on the tree?

-- Jason

View branchout's profile


13 posts in 3463 days

#2 posted 12-31-2008 04:49 AM

The chainsaw mill is a GB mill (got it on Ebay). There’s also one made by Granberg called the Alaskan Mill. Cheers.

-- Live, think, breath wood...

View kayakguy's profile


51 posts in 3479 days

#3 posted 12-31-2008 05:00 AM

Lucky dog.

I had a bunch of black walnut that my grandfather cut down at the family farm in Indiana. Unfortunately, the supply is getting low, and it’s unlikely we will cut down any walnut trees on the farm again any time soon.

Very pretty stuff. Looking forward to seeing the projects you make from this.

-- Andy -- No animals were harmed in the posting of this entry, although the terrier next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you.

View Karson's profile


35125 posts in 4428 days

#4 posted 12-31-2008 05:24 AM

A great looking log. Nice job on the salvage.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 3849 days

#5 posted 12-31-2008 05:35 AM

Great job on saving this lumber from becoming firewood. That is some nice lumber that you salvaged.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View Cwestnov's profile


21 posts in 3513 days

#6 posted 12-31-2008 05:37 AM

Only a true woodworker would be able to spot such a marvelous find! I am sure the soul of that tree will be resurrected in some beautiful projects!

-- Chad, Si vis pacem, para bellum

View branchout's profile


13 posts in 3463 days

#7 posted 12-31-2008 05:46 AM

I was very fortunate to come across this beauty. About a week later someone one street over took down a huge red oak! It was a great year for wood-finding. I would post the red oak as well but being new to this great forum I’m not sure if I should be showing too much of my “salvagapades” on LJ. Cheers guys.

-- Live, think, breath wood...

View Will Mego's profile

Will Mego

307 posts in 3740 days

#8 posted 12-31-2008 06:16 AM

how big a bar do you use on your saw?

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

View branchout's profile


13 posts in 3463 days

#9 posted 12-31-2008 06:21 AM

The saw is a Stihl 066 with a Big Bore piston & cylinder and the bar is a GB 44”. It allows me to mill as wide as 40”.

-- Live, think, breath wood...

View Matthew Weatherly's profile

Matthew Weatherly

24 posts in 3470 days

#10 posted 12-31-2008 07:46 AM

A buddy and I tried to do the same thing…..only to realize that it was packed with nails. After ruining several blades, we decided to call it quits and use the log for tiki sculptures.

-- Matthew Weatherly

View branchout's profile


13 posts in 3463 days

#11 posted 12-31-2008 02:12 PM

Matt, I’ve come across many nails and fencing while milling urban trees. It just goes with the territory I guess. Glad to hear you guys made use of the wood anyway.

-- Live, think, breath wood...

View rikkor's profile


11295 posts in 3902 days

#12 posted 12-31-2008 02:18 PM

That is some serious lumber you got there. Great save!

View branchout's profile


13 posts in 3463 days

#13 posted 12-31-2008 02:27 PM

As you all may know it takes about one year per inch of wood thickness to air dry so these slabs won’t be ready to use for another 2+ years yet…I hope you’ll be patient in waiting to see something being made from them! lol. However I do have other slabs waiting in the wing that need to be brought indoors and allow to come down to the 8-10% moisture content range. Anything worthwhile requires some patience I guess.

-- Live, think, breath wood...

View Daren Nelson's profile

Daren Nelson

767 posts in 3933 days

#14 posted 12-31-2008 03:10 PM

Personally there are few things more rewarding, in more ways than one, than “salvagapades” as you put it. Welcome to LJ.

View branchout's profile


13 posts in 3463 days

#15 posted 12-31-2008 03:18 PM

Darren, I’ve seen your work and milling pics…very inspiring. Thanks.

-- Live, think, breath wood...

showing 1 through 15 of 18 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics