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07-08-2014 10:44 PM

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A friend of mine has several black walnut logs that came down during a recent storm. They are roughly 24” by nine feet long. He asked me what would be a rough value for them if he was selling them to a friend. He also is keeping some to have milled out and asked me what a fair price for milling and drying would be. Looking around on here I am guessing he will end up paying between $.50-$.75 a bd to have it processed but I have no idea a value for the logs. I was hoping someone in the LJ community could help me out, and tell me if I am way off. Or maybe there is even a Lumberjock in the area that does milling. The logs are in the Milwaukee area.

Thanks in advance all.

Eric Larson

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#1 posted 07-08-2014 11:32 PM

Hi Eric I from Kenosha WI You know to me this a tough question IMO I don’t know what a fair price is because like you said processing fees how much I don’t know . Then there the space you have to give up so the lumber dries out and then there is just how solid it is and how bad will split after it dries. But I guess you could go to Kettle moraines hardward in Caledonia, WI here is there wed address look up the price for walnut a board foot and then decide what your will to pay good luck

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#2 posted 07-08-2014 11:52 PM

They ain’t worth nothing unless somebody wants them. Then it’s only worth what they’re willing to pay.

The cost for milling is whatever the sawyer charges.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 07-10-2014 03:16 PM

Most people around here (Oregon) pay about 75 cents a board foot for the heartwood measurement only, and that is after the tree is down and can be inspected for damage. The cutting costs are similar.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#4 posted 07-10-2014 08:59 PM

My guess in Wis is around $9/bdft SF2. We have reports about walnut poaching here! But raw log has a long trip (sawing and drying) before it can command that price. I’d offer it to a few sawyers and take the best offer.

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#5 posted 07-10-2014 09:09 PM

Here in OH, I can usually get logs like that for free if I’m patient.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 12:46 PM

Many folks won’t take urban yard trees (nails, barbed wire, bullets). Check the log good, but pay for the blade. $20-$50.

TAKE THE BIGGEST CUTS FOR TURNING. Cut remainder of bole 5/4 Through and through. Try to save the crotches, crooks and branches for treen ware and in the round carving. Cover all cut surfaces with Anchorseal. A second coat will be needed. I don’t recommend K/D, others have said here that KD MAKES iT HARD TO use when dry.

I have other mini-rambles about selecting and using wood for carving, food service use, and replanting (‘when I take trees always bring a kid along, offer some trees to plant,) Be ready to be pleasantly surprised. Woods Guys are topshelf.

Good Luck Steve.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 03:39 PM

Thanks all for the comments/suggestions. SteviePete, the lumber should be pretty clean the trees were on property in a pretty remote are that the guy had just built on a few years ago.

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 03:43 PM

I’m in Mequon, just minutes North of Milwaukee. I also get logs like that for free but I could mill for him if interested. Here is a Walnut from a month or so ago:



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