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Forum topic by fuina posted 10-16-2012 01:43 AM 1092 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2012 01:43 AM

I am trying to figure out if a large Tulip Maple (or Tulip Poplar: Liriodendron
tulipifera) on my property is worth anything.

The tree is about 3’ in diameter at the base, and approximately 60’ high.

Anyone have any opinions?

Thanks
Steve


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#1 posted 10-16-2012 02:27 AM

Real stable wood. I use it all the time in turnings. The colors can be green, cream, white, and rainbow.

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#2 posted 10-16-2012 02:33 AM

Tulip poplar was a secondary wood in fine furniture for many decades. It was also used as paint grade primary wood.

I bought an 1890’s student desk covered with milk paint and a bunch of other stuff later, but the beginnings were tulip poplar.

That desk had dove tail drawers, solid brass original hardware, all of it matching, and a solid hard maple top.
Why they would cover it with paint was always a mystery… my daughter has it now and uses it as a telephone secretary.

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#3 posted 10-16-2012 03:08 AM

In my area, it is worth about $.25/BF on the stump to a mill buying logs to saw. Are you trying to sell it? There is no market for one log as it is not economical for a logger to bring his equipment to cut one tree. Not sure what you are asking.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 11:12 AM

Yea, I guess I want to know if it would be worth it for a logger to come and take it, so I don’t have to pay a tree service to take it down.

It’s a very large, straight tree, so I thought maybe it had some value to someone.

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#5 posted 10-17-2012 02:25 AM

No. It may have value to a portable sawmiller like me, but not to a commercial mill. Plus, if it is a yard tree, it likely has metal in it. I sawed a yard walnut log last Saturday that had 4 nails and 10 bullets in it. Ruined 2 blades at $25 each. A single tree has marginal value. A whole stand of timber is another story. Check Craigslist for a portable sawmill in your area and contact them. You could also cut it down and have a portable sawmill come and cut the lumber for you so you could dry it and build projects.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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