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HokieMojo

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04-28-2009 11:40 PM

i was looking at ebay today and noticed someone is selling 3 VERY large walnut trees. The guy wants 50,000 but you have to be bonded and insured, and cut them down yourself. This seems very high, but I’m just wondering if anyone has any stories about very expensive trees for sale. the waterfall bubinga (still being sold in pieces on rockler.com) comes to mind. Just curious.


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#1 posted 04-28-2009 11:42 PM

is that pesetas or dollars?Alistair

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#2 posted 04-28-2009 11:54 PM

people think they are going to get rich from 3 trees.. if you cut it, kilm dried it… maybe 1200 board ft.. not a lot of ways to make that worth 50K.. if those sell for that.. i’ll retire tomorrow.. i have 400+ very old hardwood trees on my place

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#3 posted 04-29-2009 12:20 AM

Wow! Maybe he’ll just let me take a chunk from the bottom :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 04-29-2009 12:22 AM

If he would take one of the zeros off that price he still wouldn’t sell them.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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#5 posted 04-29-2009 12:23 AM

i agree, maybe 1500 total.. i wish trees were worth that… (mine at least)

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#6 posted 04-29-2009 12:26 AM

I was just thinking about it. Residential trees that are 150-200 years old? Those things are probably littered with nails inside, at almost every depth. I got a full tree of Pittosporum undulatum (Victorian Box), and one particular knotty area had about 9 3” long nails hidden inside. I found them all with a small power magnet, chiseled down to their heads, dug in a small claw hammer, and with everything I had in me wrenched them out. I can imagine hours and hours of that kind of work on these. My chunk was only about 8” diameter!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#7 posted 04-29-2009 12:30 AM

My next door neighbor gets excited about a 48” tree since it might be worth $2000.00, that is assuming it is mostly clear, nail free and no voids. Most tree removal places would charge more than the $1500 to take the 3 of those down anyway.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#8 posted 04-29-2009 01:40 AM

I see people on craigslist all the time trying to get people to pay for the trees the same way. I inquired about on offer a few weeks ago and the guy said he figured the LOGS were worth $7 a BOARD FOOT!. I laughed at him and told him to give me a call when he got back down to earth. If you’re lucky try 40-60 CENTS per foot these days. And that’s delivered to the mill prices, not cut it down yourself, and have insurance to do so prices.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#9 posted 04-29-2009 04:07 AM

I agree with Julian. A guy here in Connecticut had 2 black walnut trees he wanted to sell. He wanted them cut down, hauled away, the yard cleaned, two new trees planted, and also wanted $10,000. I tried not to, but I laughed out loud when he said this. He was dead serious too.

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#10 posted 04-29-2009 04:31 AM

just thought people might get a kick out of it. I’ll admit, those look like some nice trees, but 50k…. I could see getting a couple thousand from the right person if they were already down but it’d take a pro to get those beasts down.

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#11 posted 05-11-2009 07:32 PM

The auction ended yesterday so I checked to see what the results were, no sale, one offer…interesting response to a question, wonder what the arborist was smoking…

Q: I am curious how you came up with the starting bid price? kcj May-05-09
A: I have done extensive research on the value of Black Walnut trees with a local arborist and due their rarity in this area, their age, size and quality of wood this figure was decided upon. Please note that the price is only suggested, I will consider any & all offers. thank you for your interest & question, K

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#12 posted 05-11-2009 07:40 PM

lol…. good one…. not delusional at all… nice!

now I have to go and water my baby trees in the back yard… maybe in a few years I’ll be a millionaire after all

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#13 posted 05-11-2009 07:42 PM

Notice that the arborist who valued them wasn’t making any offers, was he?

Anybody watch Antiques Roadshow? When the art appraiser says that painting from Grandma’s attic is worth $50,000, I’d like to hear him stammer when I offer to let him have it for $40,000.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 05-11-2009 07:43 PM

I have a bare root apple tree about 1 1/2 “dia and 6’ tall that I’ll take $1200 for an I’ll pay shipping. LOL

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#15 posted 05-11-2009 07:51 PM

I guess $0 was better than the offer made to him. Maybe he’ll just be keeping them where they are and enjoy his $50,000 view?

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