I was recently gifted three large stump/logs. Two were Oak, one was Walnut. The oaks were 40” x 7’ and 64” x 9’ and the Walnut was a 38” log/crotch/ x 8’. All three had been in a ‘Burn Pile’ for 15+ years, however the burn pile had never been fired..
It was necessary to do a lot of cleaning and trimming before sawing. Today, we took to logs to the sawyer and looked inside. First, the oaks showed a great deal of rot, infestation, checking, and cracking. But we were successful in obtaining a significant amount of good usable wood. We found Tiger Stripe, Fiddle Back, and just nice quarter sawn graining. Of the over 7,000 lbs of Oak, I belive we will have over 2000# of high quality wood.
The Walnut log/stump was a surprise. First, the exterior showed a significant exterior rot and cracks. But when the sawyer opened it up, we found Birds Eye, Fiddleback, Root Ball grain, and lots of nice classic straight Walnut graining. The Walnut log/stump weighted about 3,000# when we got it. After all of the culling, we have about 1,000 # of spectacular wood.
Another of the surprises was the moisture content [MC]. The Oak was near 7%. However the Walnut was still in the high teens [about 17%].
I significant portion of this wood will make it way to a nearby High School Woodworking Department.
-- Rustfever, Central California