Getting large black oak tree removed - looking for someone wanting wood

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Blog entry by nita posted 07-07-2016 12:10 PM 2859 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was told that it would be best to remove my large old black oak tree, but I’d like to find someone that could use the wood for woodworking or firewood. I’m getting quotes from tree trimmers to remove it. It currently has one limb that snapped off from the top that is hanging down and needs removal.

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#1 posted 07-07-2016 04:56 PM

Where are you located?

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#2 posted 07-07-2016 05:03 PM

Anywhere near me, I would do it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-07-2016 06:27 PM

Like every body else … Where the heck are you?

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#4 posted 07-07-2016 07:24 PM

Where are you located and would it be free or are you going to sell it to recover the cost having it taken down ?

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#5 posted 07-07-2016 10:41 PM

A photo of the tree with a person next to it to establish scale would also help.

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#6 posted 07-08-2016 05:16 AM

The tree is at 1400 Green Meadow Rd in Evansville, IN, which is off Washington Avenue a short distance behind Washington Square Mall. The Black Oak tree is about 70 years old, but is really large, and most think it’s about 100 years old. The limbs cover part of my house and my next door neighbors house. I would like to see the wood put to good use if possible, and I hate to have it cut down, but I’m concerned for the safety of my house and my neighbor’s house. Another limb fell from it today with the latest storm. It would be nice to get something for the wood to help offset the cost of getting it taken down if possible.

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#7 posted 07-08-2016 08:28 PM

The Google Fu is strong and the tree is large=1e11sg02niN6KRgQrjXJEqezIVQ7i133124b13m16m1!1e1

(Check out google street view)
That is going to be a big change with that shade all gone!
I wish I lived nearby 8^(

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#8 posted 07-08-2016 11:42 PM

Indiana huh? Well it’s a bit far for me, but I know there are a lot of folks near you that would like to have the wood.
(And not in the fire place).

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#9 posted 07-09-2016 03:07 AM

I did have someone stop by to view the tree today that would like to have some of the wood to make some benches, bowls, etc., but he didn’t really want to pay anything for the wood, which would be ok. I’d prefer for it to go towards making something as opposed to being burned. I’d really like to get a little money for it if possible to offset the cost of getting it taken down and stumped.

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#10 posted 07-09-2016 04:40 AM

To get any money you’d probably have to cut it up into bowl blanks or mill it into boards; unless the wood itself was rare and in high demand.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 07-09-2016 01:38 PM

Looks like no clear lumber in that. Some people like knotty though.

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#12 posted 07-09-2016 01:43 PM

As much as I do understand your reasoning for wanting the tree taken out, man-oh-man would I ever hate to lose such a huge and beautiful tree like that from my front yard. I have a water oak in my front yard that we estimate to be 75 to 100 years old and I cant imagine waiting to grow another shade tree if it ever came down.

Any chance you could get a tree guy to come in and prune it back? I’ve seen bigger trees cut back to almost just the trunk that came back and were more beautiful than ever.

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#13 posted 07-10-2016 01:08 PM

Yeah I would certainly try to save it too. I have much larger trees around my house. I both understand the concerns and very much appreciate the value of such trees.

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#14 posted 07-10-2016 11:57 PM

It would be a shame to destroy it. Find A pro. tree service and thin it back a little at a time, so not to kill it. Only god can make a tree.

-- Grif new lenox, Ilinois

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#15 posted 07-11-2016 04:13 AM

I had the city arborist out to take a look at the tree to tell me why I keep having limbs break off and fall out of it, and he said the bark on the center large limb in the middle isn’t good. He thought it would be best to have the tree taken down. The three previous times I’ve had it trimmed because of limbs falling on my house and in the yard, the main large limb had the bad limbs taken off of it. You can see where all those limbs were removed from the center of the tree.

He said I could have it trimmed, but it would probably continue to drop limbs. His opinion is that the tree is at the end of it’s life, and even if I had the large limb in the center removed, the tree probably won’t heal from that and would just continue to decay.

The first time I had it trimmed about 12 years ago, the tree trimmer told me then that the tree was dying from the top down, and if it was his tree, he’d just remove it, but I didn’t want to do that. Instead, I had him trim it a lot, and he said that trimming it back so much should have bought some more years for the tree. Then in 2009 it lost a lot of limbs in the yard and on the house from an ice storm, and I had to get it trimmed again, then in 2014 it lost a few more limbs that fell on the house and in the yard from another ice storm, so I had it trimmed again. Last summer it dropped a fairly large limb in the yard with no bad weather, then it happened again two week ago with no bad weather. Then it dropped another limb on the house last week with the storms that rolled through the area. I was really lucky to have neighbors that came by today to cut up these latest limbs I had down.

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