I have been asked several times by different folks two questions. The most common one is “I have this tree that needs to come down it is walnut and right next to my house. Will you cut it down, clean up all the mess, and pay me a premium cause it is walnut and that is worth big money. I get them the name of a good tree service!!!!
The second question I get asked quite often is “how long can logs sit on the ground and still be good”
Without a doubt in my opinion the best time to cut logs into lumber is when the tree’s are freshly cut. That sometimes is not always possible for whatever reason, so they sometimes sit for different amounts of time. I had an opportunity to cut some logs recently that had been down for quite some time. I would guess at least 2 or 3 years and maybe even closer to 5 years. The condition of logs that are in contact with the ground varies on many things, type of wood, location, weather, etc so it is a case by case issue. These old logs looked rough but I thought what the heck I would take a chance. The most I would be out is my time and some gas (which these days can add up) and a blade or two.
So I loaded up the saw and headed out, the site was really quite nice, the weather was cool and rainy not ideal, but not blazing hot which is always more difficult weather to work in. The scenery was very nice.
The log pile was stacked neatly for easy access even if the logs themselves looked rough it is easier to not have to jockey heavy logs if it can be avoided.
The saw was operating smoothly which is always a plus even if the logs are junky!!
The day spent with my kid and my nephew was a good time. I enjoy spending time with them, they are always full of energy and usually pretty funny.
The results were not as good as I hoped, but then that does happen once in a great while. It cost me breakfast for 3 ( with two college kids that can add up quickly), gas for the mill, gas for my truck, lunch for 3, and wages ( I should have deducted food expenses first) for two college kids. I had a good time and I did get a couple of decent boards out of the logs. Were a few old logs laying on the ground worth my time? UUUUUMMMMM YEAH!!!!
One trailer load of 8/4 clear walnut slabs, sometimes things really do work the way you hope!!!!