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Forum topic by hotrodhillbilly posted 12-20-2009 09:28 PM 907 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2009 09:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut milling

I have a black walnut, that was struck by lightning, which caused the tree to bend 90 degrees and twist, but still is alive and growing. What is the best way to process this to get the best out of it? I Would love to make some gun stocks or nife handles from it but was told also this would bring good money if I wanted to sell it.

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#1 posted 12-20-2009 09:50 PM

Not sure how much sellable wood you will have with the storm damage and subsiquent growth. Might have been best to take it down and process the lumber at the time. As for personal usage, you should get lots of noce wood. Depending on how long it has been growing and twisting, you may get some nice grain figure for the stocks.

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 02:19 AM

Ditto to the fist part of the last post. Most of the wood will be useless for anything except small turning blanks and knife scales. If the tree is twisted, your lumber/gunstocks will twist as it dries. Most likely you will get more firewood than anything else. Pass on this tree and find one with less potential problems.


-- Eric, NorCal

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#3 posted 12-27-2009 08:50 PM

just cut down the tree stump is 64 inches and it has a wild grain I cut it at the bottom of the 90 bend it has a really rich darker color lots of dark browns and black hart. I am taking the track hoe out there this week and digging up the stump. should I dry the stump in the kilen or air dry it. I think the bend and twisted should be dryed before I mill it, what do you guys think?

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