Wood Gloat Large Black Walnut tree

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Project by FordMike posted 08-27-2010 07:47 AM 10311 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I last posted didn’t want to get out of the habit. Actually I started a new real job July 1st and it’s taken awhile to get squared away. I have been working with the landowner on this tree for 6 months and finally got the city permits and neighborhood approval. The tree is a Black Walnut tree plant around 1920 55” diameter at the base narrows to 44” at 4’ up and the crotch is over 60” wide but will only yeild 74” to 80” lenght slabs but super wide and awesome grain. The two twin upper trunks are 24” diameter and 14’ and 12’ long respectively tapering to 18” and 20”. The way the ground is humped up I’m pretty sure there is a large underground burl but will wait till the develope the property and have access toa backhoe to recover it.Best to all the LJ’s and keep on making beautiful things I need all the inspiration I can get.

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 07:53 AM

Hey Mike,
Awesome tree…well done.

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#2 posted 08-27-2010 07:57 AM

That is going to make some real nice projects. Well worth the time spent getting the approvals. great gloat.

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 08:47 AM

Is this a completed project?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 12:48 PM

Mike ~ Having taken a quick look at your profile, it states you already have 10,000 board feet of walnut drying. So I believe that would make this a wood ‘bloat’ instead of a wood gloat. Ha! If you need my shipping address, let me know. Great looking almost 100 year old tree… and lumber.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 01:05 PM

Going to need a big lathe for those monsters…............ Nice gloat !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 08-27-2010 01:24 PM

Man thats going to be some good wood. Lucky. How much does something like that cost to get milled?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 08-27-2010 02:40 PM

For a rootball like that, I’d go get my shovel! If you trim the limbs while the tree is standing and dig out and cut the roots on one side, you can use the length of the long and the weight of the log to uproot the rest of the stump. If there is enough room, just tie a 1 1/2” manila rope to the top of the log, and pull it with a truck or for the lucky few out there a skidder! (wish I had one) Then you can get the root ball with 2 or 3 ft of straight grain wood. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 08-27-2010 04:23 PM

Nothen like the smell of fresh cut Walnut to get your blood flowen. Nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 08-27-2010 04:26 PM

Nice! I’m definitely jealous.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 08-27-2010 04:28 PM

whoohee! this would make for some beautiful slabs! can’t wait to see what you find underground too.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 08-27-2010 04:47 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. To Eric S, I mill them myself because of the size it’s really difficult to get anything over 24” milled here. I have a very basic Alaskan Mill that will handle up to 45” wide and as long as you can handle, 12’ is normally as big as I want to do. To Hal Dougherty, I’ve done that with taller skinnyer trees and it works well I use 3/8ths swaged cable and a big comealong, but this tree is so big around the the slabs will have to be cut in have anyway, and the undreground burl appears to be round like a lollipop I will just dig down around it and remove it in section Like a orange, the underground burl is my favorite for turning.Thanks

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#12 posted 08-27-2010 04:55 PM

Lucky you, its hard to find walnut in my area! Wish I was there to help.

Thanks for sharing!


-- Fred, Georgia

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#13 posted 08-27-2010 04:56 PM

Great tree and lots of good wood, for the few that might complain about cutting down the tree, I notice that
one section shows some pretty bad interior rot going, so you saved it just in time. I am going to have to look
at one of those Alaskan sawmills pretty soon myself. Thanks for the post.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 08-27-2010 08:46 PM

Very nice find, I am looking at going back to work as well so hang in there.

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#15 posted 08-28-2010 12:43 AM

Very nice stash of walnut. Just curious as to why the tree had to come down? They building houses?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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