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Dallas

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183 days ago

I finally got my walnut down. Lots of damage. I am hoping I can save some of it since the majority of the interior is clean.

I hope to get a couple of 5-6’ logs out of it, but I’m not holding out for it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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#1 posted 183 days ago

What do you mean by ‘Lots of damage’ Dallas?

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#2 posted 183 days ago

I don’t see any damage.
Chuck

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 183 days ago

Hope you find a way to use it all

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#4 posted 183 days ago

Be careful with that stuff. It’s some of the most toxic wood I’ve ever tried to mill. The sawmills here in central Ohio sell a lot of their waste as horse bedding, but not the waste from walnut. It can kill the horses.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 183 days ago

John, I’ve never had an allergen or toxicity issue with walnut, but that could just be that I don’t have an allergy to walnut. I am however curious how it was damaged.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#6 posted 183 days ago

Richard: I was sanding some walnut on a hot summer day, the dust got on my sweaty face, and I puffed up and broke out in boils. I have 1.5 acres of nothing but walnut and I was milling some large deadfall branches. Looking back on the experience, I’m wondering if there might have been some serious poison ivy in the walnut.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Grandpa

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#7 posted 183 days ago

I think we all have some wood allergies but walnut seems to be pretty strong. Ash makes me sneeze like a cannon.

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 182 days ago

Looks like decay got a lot of it.

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Dallas

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#9 posted 181 days ago

Oops, sorry to get back here so late.
The tree was 2 years standing dead. The boss wouldn’t let me take it down because of how close to the house it was and how it was tangled in two elms.
Finally it got so bad large chunks were falling from it, so I got the tractor and after making my initial cuts, pushed it on past the elms and in the direction I wanted it to go.

Most of the damage is insect incursion. Some place it goes into the heartwood 5”-6” on each side.

It should never have been left to stand that long. If it had been taken down last year I could have probably harvested 3 – 10’ logs and a couple of 4’ logs, all over 10-12” diameter at the tips.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 180 days ago

Dallas, I split maple firewood today that was spalted and had a lot of curly grain! Too bad it had been left standing dead too long and had too much rot to save.

One of my clients gave me a walnut log that had been laying in her pasture for years. She thought it was really valuable. The entire log was rotten and didn’t weigh 80 pounds!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Dallas

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#11 posted 180 days ago

Ouch Andy! That hurts!

I have some elms down that I’m afraid to look at as I think it may be too late to save them.
Hopefully today I can lop this tree into logs and get it on the porch, covered and out of the weather.

Maybe I can save something.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 180 days ago

Dallas, Spent the morning splitting maple for firewood that my tree service neighbor gave me. All of it was spalted and a lot had curly grain! There were even some burls! But it was all too far gone to saw into anything but firewood :(

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dhazelton

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#13 posted 180 days ago

From the photo it looks like the log is not very straight. You could get some material for turning maybe.

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 180 days ago

Hopefully you can get as much as you can. You have some pretty land.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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Dallas

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#15 posted 180 days ago

dhazelton
The tree was straight for a ways then had an ‘S’ curve, then straight for about 10’ and branched into two trunks, each was straight for about 12’, then some shorter stuff.

I am going out there today and lopping it up to see what I can salvage. I am hoping at least a couple of good logs, but I’m not counting on it.

Charles
Thanks, I wish the land was ours, but alas, we just work here as caretakers and managers.
The boss has it up for sale again which kind of leaves us hanging.

You too could own this beautiful 6 acre RV park with a 40X60 shop, 32 RV sites all with water, sewer, and 20-30-50 amp power I installed 2 years ago on new power pedestals.
There is also an 18X40 pool, holding around 20,000 gallons of water for summer time enjoyment!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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