American chestnut (Castanea denata)

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Topic tags/keywords: chestnut hardwood rare american chestnut castanea denata live edge slabs table tops

I have approximately 2100 board feet of american chestnut that started out as a 26 foot log as well as a seven foot chunk as well.

the log was bucked at about 13 feet and was four feet and change at the butt, with little taper. they have been cut into 3 1/2 inch live edge slabs,and kiln dried.

I am looking to sell it but was wondering what the worth may be. I know it is a difficult wood to source at any size, and near impossible at these dimensions.


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#1 posted 08-29-2014 03:19 PM

Any idea at all?

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#2 posted 08-29-2014 03:22 PM

Assuming good quality about 10$ per board foot.

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 03:34 PM

Tough to guess what you’d actually get. Location and quality are huge factors.

Midwest wood had some exceptional old growth boards; thick, wide and long, and great quantities last year at (I think) about $13 / bf. That was the finest stash I’ve ever even heard of, so your will probably see far less than that. [And I don’t know that they actually sold at that price, or sold at all.]

$10 / bf, unshipped, MIGHT be achievable, but I don’t know that I’d count on that.

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#4 posted 08-29-2014 03:38 PM

Where did you find an American chestnut log of that size? Was it standing dead salvage? Wormy?

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#5 posted 08-29-2014 04:45 PM

Thanks for the input. I have been told as much as 18 per board foot? i guess it is really is open for debate.

As for the source I am an arborist by trade. It was a living specimen that i very reluctantly felled for a client (if not me somebody else would have.) I live In the pacific north west and the blight that ravaged the chestnut in it’s native range does not survive out here. There was no rot whatsoever from the felling cut right through to the end of the log.

Fun fact * the 26 foot log plus the seven foot smaller section weighed in at a whopping 7 tons. nearly twice what a douglas fir would have of the same size.

It was in without a doubt one of the largest living examples (Top ten By my guess)and sadly came down for no legitimate reason.

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#6 posted 08-29-2014 05:14 PM

Pictures? I’m always open to looking at a slab as I love them. Where are you in the NW?

I searched the two companies in Oregon I know the best for slabs and neither had Chestnut, so you be in a decent location supplywise.

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 05:42 PM

I think the 3 1/2 thickness will drag down the price. It would have to be resawn to a more useable thickness around 2” to be attractive for something like a table top. As is, a full width clear & flat slab might fetch $1000 from the right buyer. That’s what I’d pay if I were looking to make a heroic table top. Good luck.

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#8 posted 08-29-2014 10:34 PM

I should have some pictures pretty soon. It is actually still in the kiln for another couple of weeks. I will be out to have a look at them tomorrow.

As for the thickness of them i was flying blind a bit as This is my first venture into turning the trees i cut down into anything other than fire wood, and i hope not the last. I has asked for 2 1/2 inch slabs but the gent that owned the mill suggested the 3 1/2 to allow for checking and drying. It remains to be seen if he was someone i should have listened to though.

thanks for the input and advice, next step is learn how to make some of them into tables.

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#9 posted 08-29-2014 10:47 PM

I agree with Clint. I would love to see some pics.

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#10 posted 08-30-2014 01:01 AM

Actually, the thicker the wood is, the more checking and splitting. Takes way more time to dry, too, and the use is more limited.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#11 posted 08-30-2014 02:40 AM

Agree with above. I would have slabbed it at 2.5” max. Too bad the healthy tree was taken down.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#12 posted 08-30-2014 02:52 AM

It is sad to hear about a healthy Chestnut being taken down, but if the owner was going to take it down anyway I’m glad to see it milled. Regardless of the slab thickness, I am really curious to see some photos of this beautiful wood. Was any of the wood sawn into dimensional lumber, or was it all slabbed?

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#13 posted 12-18-2014 11:46 PM

Sorry it took so long to reply to this post. i just got it back from the kiln. Now i just need to figure out what to do with it.

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