Sorry Edziu that this post set you off, really I'm sorry. If you don't want it, just move on and leave the rest of us alone. We can all very easily calculate the cost of wood and equipment, it's what I, and many of us, do for a living. I have built many a project out of trees that someone gave me, sorry it doesn't work out for you. It's very possible that if the guy plans accordingly, he could have a trailer there when the excavator is on site for the dirt work, and a ball cap could get it loaded. Ball caps have loaded a lot of stuff on a trailer before, and didn't require renting any equipment.
If I want oak boards for a run of the mill project with mismatched random plain-sawn grain, I buy them from a wholesale lumber supplier. But if I want large slabs, or book-matched pieces, or want it cut just like I want for quartersawn material, I have to gather that wood myself and arrange it's cutting. George Nakashima made a great career from large slabs from rare trees like this one. And a tree such as this one is a perfect candidate for a guy that has his own lumbermill, of which there are thousands of people all over the country. Additionally, oak firewood is well worth the effort to gather and split it from the branches. I like to mix oak in with other wood when I burn it in my stove, but I never turn down a chance to cut and haul oak firewood.
Also, there are emotional ties to trees that customers have, and that goes way beyond the lumberyard price buying mentality of the lowest board foot cost. For instance, I built a dining set and china hutch for a family, where the wood was to come off of their property. They walked around their ranch looking at the trees, and finally decided that they couldn't sacrifice even one oak, so I bought logs from someone else's ranch.
It doesn't make sense for this tree to be hauled to Kansas for me, but if it was Walnut, or Curly Maple, I just might arrange that trip. This specific situation is why I would love to have a simple adjustable rail system with a 6' bar chainsaw on a rack.
no, thank you,