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Forum topic by Nowa posted 09-13-2015 12:37 PM 670 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nowa

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09-13-2015 12:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut

Hi All – there is a forest nearby with a few walnut trees growing. There are also a few fallen trees but it is tough to identify the specie because the bark has come off. Does anyone have experience with identifying and using fallen walnut trees that feel solid on the outside but the bark has decomposed enough that it has come off ?


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#1 posted 09-13-2015 01:12 PM

quite a few here are knowledgable but pictures would help up help you, but first things first- have you found out who propery owner is and discussed getting the logs? private, state, or federal land, it is still wise to find out if its ok to take the logs.

normally, many types of trees, when laying on the ground, will rot from outside in. however, bugs can get in them. some people like the look of the damage bugs do. and when they do get into tne logs killing them requires eitner cbemicals or heat.

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#2 posted 09-13-2015 02:22 PM

I have the ok to take the logs. How can I tell which ones are walnut? From the outside the all look grey.

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#3 posted 09-13-2015 03:29 PM

Heck, take them all, get’em milled and sort the wood out later.

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#4 posted 09-13-2015 04:58 PM

Nowa, for your own protection, it would be wise to get the owner’s permission in writing.

Also, if they’ve been on the ground long enough for the logs to lose their bark, the wood may not be good anymore. At least, unless you are pretty sure of the condition, it may not be worth the expense of the milling to find out.

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#5 posted 09-14-2015 12:45 AM

The best way to ID these logs is to make a cross cut on one end. Walnut has a distinctive smell and should be dark brown in the heartwood. If they are not hollow/full of ants, they should be worth milling (if they are big enough). Most bugs will be in the sapwood.

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