Well thanks to those who helped me decide whether this lot of birch tree was viable as timber to use in projects or not.
As Grizzman said -”cut up all of it and see what you have”. Well I did just that.
I asked my husband to slice it in half with the chainsaw then I cut it up on the bandsaw into lengths and finally I used the thicknesser. All the time checking it out and looking at what was useable. Once I had cut it to about 18-20mm thick I could see really what was any good and I thought that if I could break it off with just my fingers wel…. it was too far gone. Mainly it was just around the outer layers, the heart was still pretty good and I was surprised at just how much was decent for one project or another. Also there was some nice spalting going on (which you really cant see in pic 3, never mind you get the general idea!) and other surprises. I cant wait to use some now!! :-)
Some wood still has areas that have spots of rotten timber but I can work around that!
But now I have a question , It seems as though the wood is still pretty damp, how long does it have to dry out for before I can use it in say a box or somthing? I know you can use it as it is with carving. It has been dead for a couple of years but out in the lovely rain that we have been experiencing lately (but covered up since it has been felled – a few months).
last pic the wood is nicely spalted but fibres are weak, thinking about putting PVA mix with water.
-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/