Advice needed for Big Leaf Maple being cut down- WA State

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Forum topic by Darcey posted 03-06-2017 09:24 PM 583 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2017 09:24 PM

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Hi all,

We are sadly having to cut down our maple tree, which I believe is a big leaf, and has stood by our house since I was born. By doing some research I would estimate its anywhere from 150-250 years old.

We’ve had someone over to cut the branches first before we pull out the main base and he mentioned to my father that it might be valuable to woodworkers for things like table tops, crafts and maybe even guitars depending on the quality. I would be keen myself to make a table top to keep its memories alive if its something we can accomplish with the wood.

Also any idea on value if it is something we should look to be selling?

Pictures attached and thanks for your help.

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#1 posted 03-06-2017 09:37 PM

That root ball might be a burl. The rest of the tree, with that lean to it, may be unusable unfortunately. When they lean like that they end up with a lot of internal stress that makes it very difficult to get good lumber out of. Greg, form OregonBurls used to frequent the site quite often. Youre going to need someone with some specialized gear to cut that burl up.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 02:24 PM

It looks to me from the pictures that it has considerable damage and may have pretty severe heart rot which might limit how much usable wood you can get out of it. It may still have some cool usable pieces but you may not know until they cut it down and you can see it in cross section.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#3 posted 03-07-2017 05:31 PM

Thank you both – yes a very old tree with some damage, you can see why we have to cut it down!

Thank you for the recommendations, would be great if someone could use the root burls for something other than firewood!

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#4 posted 03-07-2017 05:57 PM

I would google local saw mills. Portable saw mills. You may find a local that will come harvest it for you. I am not at all sure about what you could get for the wood. Would not be cheap to harvest.

-- John

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