Rebirth of an old walnut - not your typical yard tree

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09-02-2011 08:02 PM

My best friends Grandfather had several very large trees downed by a microburst this summer.

By the time my buddy arrived at the scene all of the other trees had been chipped, except the biggest of all. A nice double trunk Juglans Nigra. Knowing my love of trees and wood, he practically threw himself in front of the hack and slash crew to save the walnut.

Within a couple hours an LT40 was on scene to rebirth the tree into beautiful lumber! And boy did it produce, we got 3 10 foot boles. All bigger than 22” top and bottom, 30” max.

90+ 10’ boards cut through and through. The best being 20” top and bottom!

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 08:17 PM

That is some real nice looking wood, be sure you let us know what you build with it

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 08:17 PM

That is some pretty wood!

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 08:31 PM

now that is a mother load of wood, oh how i love walnut…and this save is something you will never forget, i hope you make something that will always remind you of this gorgeous wood…i would not be a good neighbor if i didnt not offer to let you store some of that here in my barn…let me know if you need some storage space…lol…..i would be happy to oblige…..grizzman

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 08:35 PM

That almost brings tears to my eyes. I got the new catalog in the mail yesterday and was admiring the LT40. My budget was admiring the LT10. This post should be on the cover of the woodmizer catalog. THIS IS WHY PEOPLE BUY MILLS. That wood is so gorgeous. Walnut is my favorite.

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 08:48 PM

All I can say is …WOW!

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 09:17 PM

Good for you. I try and salvage every tree that comes down where I have access. Unfortunately I’m getting to the point where various age related maladies are restricting my activities (the latest being a rotator cuff repair). That is great looking walnut. Air dry it and use it.

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#7 posted 09-02-2011 10:12 PM

Those are some gorgeous slabs that you have. I am really glad that you were able to save this from going into firewood. A few years back I had a cherry and couple of ash trees that needed to be taken down. I tried to find someone in my area with a portable mill but was unable to and the trees went for firewood. Needless to say I did not come home until after the trees were removed because it would not be nice to see a grown man cry.

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#8 posted 09-02-2011 10:20 PM

^It’s criminal the stuff I see going in the firebin where I live. If it were just a matter of having a mill, I’d have one parked in my yard like an old car on blocks. It’s all the “other” stuff that I’m worried about. I can’t justify an LT40, despite really wanting one.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 09-02-2011 10:32 PM

Fantastic Walnut …love the rich colors : )

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#10 posted 09-02-2011 10:54 PM

Very, very nice save..

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 11:03 PM

Brings out the jealously in me. What beautiful wood!

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#12 posted 09-03-2011 01:45 AM

Now that is a fine save! Glad you made it there in time. What might become of all this wood?

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#13 posted 09-03-2011 01:59 AM


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#14 posted 09-03-2011 07:06 AM

It does not get any better than that!

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#15 posted 09-03-2011 07:13 AM

Beautiful wood, and what a haul!. I’ve also been the lucky recipient of “free” walnut given to me by a co-worker, who owns about 60 acres of farm land, with lots of walnut trees growing on it. They have often cut these trees in the past if they were close to a fence or just in the way , and just burn them or haul them off to a pallet mill or something. In my opinon, thats’ an abomination. I’m glad I’ve been able to save some of this wood from that fate. I’ve included some photos of some of this wood, and a sample (crotch figured inlay panel) of just one of the projects I’ve used it in.

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